September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month, and for actor Larenz Tate, that means spreading the word about a chronic disease that disproportionately affects the African-American community.
"It's really important to know if you carry the disease," says Tate, 36, who recently costarred on FX's Rescue Me and in BET's made-for-TV movie Gun Hill, which premieres this fall.
As many as 100,000 people in the United States have the disease, which causes red blood cells to resemble sickles or crescents...
There are different types of hemophilia. With hemophilia A, your body doesn’t have enough of a protein called factor VIII, which your body needs to make clots and stop bleeding.
Hemophilia A can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on how little you have of factor VIII.
Hemophilia A runs in families. It's usually diagnosed in babies, toddlers, or young children.
Hemophilia A comes from your genes. You can inherit it from your parents. Or it can happen if a certain gene changes before you're born. This change is called a mutation.
There is a rare, dangerous form of hemophilia A that is not inherited. It's called acquired hemophilia A and it can be related to pregnancy, cancer, or the use of certain medications. However, no cause can be found in about half of cases.
The main symptoms you might notice are bleeding more than normal and bruising easily. For instance: