It Can Occur In Any Ethnic Group
Despite the prevalence of sickle cell disease in Africans and African-Americans, it is not a ‘black gene.’ Other groups commonly affected by this inherited condition include those with Hispanic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian heritage. Though Caucasians are the least at risk for sickle cell anemia, they can still inherit the condition. Due to how common it is and how it can occur in any race or ethnic group, it is essential for doctors to screen all babies for this condition as soon as they are born.
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