National Sickle Cell Awareness Day - June 19
Today is National Sickle Cell Awareness Day. Approximately 5,000 Canadians live with sickle cell disease—a disease that can tragically shorten a life by more than 30 years.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited condition caused by abnormally shaped red blood cells affecting blood flow. Known as “multisystem disorder,” it can lead to pain in the bones, chest area, shoulder and hip joints. It can also cause strokes, lung disease and organ damage.
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Canada is an important advocate for those suffering from sickle cell disease. Please join me in thanking them for raising awareness about this condition and for improving the lives of affected individuals and their families. I invite you to learn more about how to support Canadians who live with sickle cell disease by visiting their website.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
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