An Inherited Disease
Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States. It affects about 100,000 children and adults in the U.S. and more than 100 million people worldwide have the genetic trait for sickle cell disease. 1 in 500 African American births and 1 in 36,000 Latino births. Sickle cell disease is also common among people whose ancestors came from the Caribbean; Saudi Arabia; India; and Mediterranean countries.