Risk Factors for Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease is genetic. To have it, children must get 2 faulty genes—one from each parent.

The disease is most common in people of African descent. It is also more common in those with ancestors from:

  • Central and South America
  • India
  • the Mediterranean
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 3/4/2021

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