2004 37¢ Sickle Cell Disease Awareness
Issue Date: September 29, 2004
City: Atlanta, GA
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 11
Sickle cell 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. The message on the Sickle Cell Disease stamp encourages people to get the simple and painless blood test for sickle cell.