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What is Being Done in Colorado?


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.