Sickle Cell Disease
Millions of people around the world suffer from sickle cell disease, but it's more common in people with African bloodline. It is also quite common in people whose ancestors come from the Arabian Peninsula; Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy; Central America; Spanish-speaking regions in South America; and parts of the Caribbean. It is also the most common blood disorder in the U.S. with every 1 in 500 African Americans and 1 in 1,000 Hispanic Americans suffering from it. As a whole, it affects 70,000 to 80,000 Americans, and is the leading cause of concern for the entire nation.