The need for stem cell donors
Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer such as leukaemia. For many, a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant is their only chance.
They need cells from a healthy person – with the same tissue type – to replace and repair their own damaged cells.
About 30% of people in need can find a suitable donor in their family. But the other 70% rely on a stranger to save their lives.
Anthony Nolan helps that 70% find those precious matches.
We have over 500,000 adults on our register; we're constantly working to increase that number. Every time someone comes to us in need of a transplant, we check our register for a match. And we make more than 1,000 matches every year.
Male donors needed
Male donors provide over 50% of stem cell transplants but only represent 15% of the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register.
We are trying to reduce this discrepancy and so the #Marchofthemen campaign was launched to encourage more young men to join the register.
Read more at: www.anthonynolan.org/marchofthemen
Black and minority ethnic groups
Black and minority ethnic groups have a significantly reduced chance of finding a match for a stem cell transplant on the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register. Only 1 in 5 people from a black or minority ethnic group will find a match.
We need more people from BAME groups to join the Anthony Nolan register to equalize this chance.
This is even more reduced for persons with mixed ethnic heritage and therefore the need for person with mixed ethnicity to join the register is even greater.
Join the #Changetheodds campain!