The Colorado Sickle Cell Treatment and Research Center was established at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1974. At that time, approximately 50% of children with Sickle Cell Disease died before reaching adulthood. Since then, the outlook has improved greatly.
- A simple screening test detects affected infants at birth.
- Comprehensive medical care provided by the Center staff has significantly improved the quality of life and life expectancy has more than doubled.
- A few children have been cured by bone marrow transplantation.