2004 Test Early For Sickle Cell Anemia Plate Block Of 4 37c Postage Stamps - Sc# 3877 - MNH - DR117a
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THIS IS A NUMBERED PLATE BLOCK OF 4 STAMPS AS PICTURED. ~ This stamp was issued in 2004, to bring awareness of Sickle cell anemia (also called Sickle-cell disease) is an inherited blood disease. In the U.S., it occurs chiefly among African-Americans, affecting one in 12. The disease changes soft, smooth, round red blood cells into hard, sticky, sickle shapes that can block blood flow through tiny blood vessels. This results in damage to organs. There is no cure for the disease, but advancements in treatment have increased average survival to about 42 years for men and 48 years for women. Sickle-cell disease, usually presenting in childhood, occurs more commonly in people (or their descendants) from parts of tropical and sub-tropical regions where malaria is or was common.