Thirty years ago, March was designated Hemophilia Awareness Month. This year, the scope has expanded to promote awareness for all bleeding disorders. Bleeding disorders affect the way blood clots, which can result in heavy or prolonged bleeding. Bleeding disorders can also cause abnormal bleeding from minor cuts and scrapes or internal bleeding from bruises which wouldn’t cause any problems in people with no bleeding disorder. Different diagnoses include hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and blood factor deficiencies; they are mostly considered hereditary or congenital conditions.
Hemophilia is likely the most known bleeding disorder, affecting one in 5,000 male births. The exact number of people living with hemophilia in the US is unknown, but the CDC estimates the number to be about 20,000. Only found in males, hemophilia is usually diagnosed in the first 36 months of life. Two-thirds of cases are determined to be hereditary with a family history of the condition. However, one-third of babies born with hemophilia