September Is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

This month, help us raise awareness for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD): a genetic, life-long illness that researchers estimate affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans. Though the average life expectancy for those living with the disease has more than tripled since the 1970s, there’s still more work to be done, as SCD patients’ needs are often overlooked by healthcare professionals and the public.

UNC-Chapel Hill is home to the UNC Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program, and our own Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN is a member of the team.

If you would like to learn more about SCD, feel free to contact Dr. Jenerette, or consider NHLBI resources.