Opinion: Time for a Closer Look at Sickle Cell Disease

Dec 16, 2021 9:00 AM ET
Gloved hand holding a test tube with a blood sample.

Originally published on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Audrey Boone Tillman

While the country examines the impact of race on everything from public safety to college admissions, it’s a good time to ask: With so many American children affected, isn’t it time to boost awareness of sickle cell disease (SCD) with the same rigor we do comparable conditions?

SCD is a group of inherited and often-debilitating blood disorders most common in the Black community.

Aflac has contributed more than $155 million to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in Atlanta, which includes the largest SCD program in the nation.

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