Local MP Jo Swinson today praised East Dunbartonshire’s 1,309 stem cell donors and called on others to register, following figures released by Anthony Nolan, the UK’s stem cell transplant charity, which put the region in the top 25% in the country for donors.
Jo also highlighted the urgent need for more donors from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as well as young men between 16-30.
Every year in the UK, around 2,000 blood cancer patients need a stem cell donor to save their life, but often a donor is not available or cannot be found quickly enough. People from BAME backgrounds only have a 21% chance of finding a perfect match, compared to 69% for their white northern European counterparts.
Young male donors are much more likely to be selected by transplant centres, and Anthony Nolan’s research has shown that the younger the donor, the better the patient’s chance of survival.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It is fantastic that so many people in East Dunbartonshire have already joined the stem cell donor register. Their actions could one day save the life of someone with blood cancer who needs an urgent transplant.
“Sadly, there are often cases where a donor is not available or cannot be found quickly enough. That’s why I’m encouraging people in East Dunbartonshire, especially young men and those from ethnic minority backgrounds, to join the stem cell donor register today.”
To join the stem cell donor register, visit: www.anthonynolan.org/join.