Many of us are unaware of the high incidence of sickle cell disease, but it is a very real disease that affects Black people. In this article, we will discuss the characteristics of sickle cell trait, the issue of early detection, and the issues with early screening programs. This article also explores the incidence of sickle cell disease in Black people. You will also learn about the latest developments on the disease and the problems with screening programs.
Sickle cell trait
A recent study suggests that the sickle cell trait is a major cause of sudden death among Black people. Dr. Bruce Mitchell studied the trait in military recruits. Recruits are often forced to run long distances carrying heavy equipment without proper training or equipment. Police have also been cited for racial bias. In-custody deaths of black people are also common. Despite these concerns, some law enforcement officials are unsure whether or not the trait is a cause of the deaths.
Though the condition is relatively rare in African Americans and white newborns, it has long plagued African Americans. Screening programs have been aimed at helping these people, and some states have even made it a legal requirement to get a marriage license or attend an urban school. But, until recently, the stigma of the disease was particularly high among black men. As such, the stigma attached to drug abuse has only worsened.
In the United States, a 30-year-old landscaper named K.C. Cage-Singleton was shot to death by two Baton Rouge police officers after he cut his hand on a mirror at home. His lawyers claimed the condition contributed to his death, but the autopsy showed that the condition had no direct effect on his condition. The doctor ruled that the disease did not cause the man’s death. The coroner cataloged the abrasions and broken teeth.
Early diagnosis of sickle cell disease
Early diagnosis of sickle cell disease is important for many reasons, including its effect on a person’s life expectancy. A person with sickle cells may experience delayed growth and puberty, as well as changes in their vision, hearing, and alertness. The disease can cause other problems as well, such as infections. Fortunately, there are many early signs to look out for, including a high fever and vision problems.
Historically, the mutation responsible for sickle cell disease developed in Africa thousands of years ago. This trait was originally developed to protect against malaria, which was a leading cause of death in the African continent. It later became known by various tribal names and was a major source of disinformation in the 1970s. In fact, some doctors didn’t know the difference between sickle cell trait and sickle cell disease, and told parents their child was likely to die by age 20. Sickle cell patients, however, can live much longer than those with sickle cell trait.
When a parent has sickle cell trait, a child has a 25 percent chance of having sickle cell disease. This type of gene is inherited from the mother and father. Early diagnosis is vital for both parents. Early detection can save a baby’s life. In addition to early diagnosis, early treatment can prevent future complications from developing. If you are pregnant, seek genetic counseling to see if you have a carrier of the sickle cell gene.
Incidence of sickle cell disease in blacks
Although the incidence of sickle cell disease in blacks is higher than that of whites, it can affect people of any race. According to CDC statistics, approximately 8% of African Americans are affected by the disease. It is also common in South Asians, Latinos, Caucasians from southern Europe, and people from the Middle East. More than 100 million people worldwide are affected by the disease. Although it is more common among African Americans, it is also found in white and Hispanic populations.
In addition to being prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, sickle cell disease affects up to 3% of newborns. Yet many health ministries and organizations continue to view this disease as a low priority. Despite the high rate of child mortality associated with the disease, reliable information on the burden of mortality caused by the disease is lacking in many parts of the world. To address this, the authors reviewed the African data available on SCD mortality, focusing on cohort and cross-sectional population surveys.
Although African Americans have higher carrier rates of SCD than other ethnic groups, there is no clear evidence that race has anything to do with it. The prevalence of SCD among African American children is higher than that of Europeans and Asians. But it is unclear whether this is an inherited trait or the result of selection and chance. The high prevalence of the disease in black people can be explained by the fact that people in Greece, India, and the Arabian peninsula all have high rates of sickle cell.
Issues with early screening programs
Some community leaders have called for boycotts of early screening programs for sickle cell black people, citing racial and cultural biases. People’s Health Council of New York representative Ted Veal called these programs “genocidal health practices” by the white medical establishment. He said the programs would not only create a stigma for a group that has experienced longstanding discrimination, but also make sickle cell look more serious than other diseases.
The Black Panther Party, which had a social health frame similar to that of the National Sickle Cell Disease Research Foundation and the Nixon administration, was also an important player in raising awareness of the disease. Its focus on early screening programs for sickle cell black people sparked debates on political posturing and ideological ideology, as well as inflamed national discourse. The resulting media coverage overstated the severity of the disease, in some cases making it appear more deadly than it really is.
While some programs have a high success rate, others have struggled to reach their full potential. Some programs do not provide sufficient resources or are not available to those with sickle cell disease. The National Minority Quality Forum is a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. This review is based on issues raised at its 2017 Summit on Sickle Cell Disease. The organization acknowledges the contributions of Mary Hulihan at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Arjun Menon at the Healthcare Consultancy Group for their medical writing support.
Lack of knowledge of sickle cell trait in blacks
Until recently, the public had very little knowledge about sickle cell anemia. But in 1971, the Black Panther Party published a cover story about sickle cell anemia, which included striking pictures of normal red blood cells. That article helped to increase public awareness about the disease and sparked debate in black communities and the wider public. The Black Panther Party’s work was a powerful demonstration of the importance of public health, but it was not without its share of pitfalls.
Among those interviewed, only 15.9% of people had any idea if they had sickle cell trait, despite being informed. Of those who did know, 53% of the participants had parents with sickle cell trait. Fortunately, this research has provided some answers about the incidence of sickle cell trait in blacks, as well as the importance of screening. While the results of the study are preliminary, they do suggest that increased awareness is necessary to ensure proper treatment and care for sickle cell patients.
As Scott writes in his critique, “The Party was inspired by the lack of knowledge about sickle cell anemia.” However, sickle cell anemia had been on the Party’s radar for some time before Scott’s essay was published. Even before the party’s publication of the book, Field Marshal Don Cox had announced that sickle cell anemia would be included in public health programs. In June 1969, the Black Panther published an article titled “Medicine and Fascism” addressing the unacknowledged black pain and suffering.
Issues with medical examiners’ determinations of sickle cell trait in blacks
One case in point involves the death of a fourteen-year-old Florida boy named Martin Lee Anderson. Police pepper-sprayed him, and the surveillance camera captured the guards kicking and kneeling him. The state medical examiner attributed the death to sickle cell trait, a condition common among Black people. Although the state medical examiner’s official word on the matter remains the same: an accident.
In America, about 1 in 13 blacks carries sickle cell trait. The disease is benign for those with the trait, but can cause extreme pain if the blood cells become clogged and can’t carry oxygen properly. However, there are legal challenges to this diagnosis, and medical examiners and other experts have voiced their concerns. Despite these challenges, the medical examiner’s office has consistently been willing to rule out sickle cell disease when faced with a black death.
Those who have a personal stake in the process should know that sickle cell trait can be fatal. Forensic pathologists are trained to conduct autopsies for coroners and medical examiners. However, a controversial study involving forensic pathologists blamed a study that focused on racial bias, but it failed to address the sickle cell trait as a factor.