Black History Month

February 17, 2020 / John Ritchie / media

Black history is American history, however, observing Black History Month in February gives us a chance to be intentional about learning this particular topic.

While it’s wonderful to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, there are many other connections we can make to the African American community.

As African Americans, it is important that you know your sickle cell status and know if you have sickle cell trait (SCT). Increasing scientific evidence has shown that a small percentage of folks with SCT will experience sickle cell like symptoms when faced with triggers such as infection, dehydration, high altitude and extreme physical exertion. More alarmingly, SCT is closely linked with a deadly and yet untreatable form of kidney cancer known as Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC). Get tested and know the symptoms.

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