Rosie Cooper MP has joined with Anthony Nolan to thank the 981 people in West Lancashire who have registered with the charity as stem cell donors.
The figure places the constituency in the top half of the UK (275 out of 650) in terms of the number of potential lifesavers registered in the area. 39 per cent of the community’s registered donors are male, and the average age is 36. Young men aged 16-30 are the most likely to be asked to donate to give someone with blood cancer or a blood disorder a second chance at life.
The figures come from Anthony Nolan’s Communities versus Blood Cancer campaign, which celebrates the people who have already registered as donors and raises awareness of the shortage of donors that still exists. Young men and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are underrepresented on the register, making it difficult to find a match for everyone in need.
In total, 645,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.
Now, Rosie Cooper MP is encouraging more people from West Lancashire, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am very proud that West Lancashire has 981 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.
“I strongly hope that more people from West Lancashire will be inspired to sign up and show that together, our communities can provide a cure for blood cancer.”
Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said:
“We’re grateful to all the registered donors in West Lancashire for helping us in our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.
“Anthony Nolan’s pioneering research, dedicated nurses and patient-focused services mean we have increased the support patients receive at every stage of their transplant journey – but without the contribution of selfless donors, our vital work would be impossible.”
For more information about Anthony Nolan, visit www.anthonynolan.org
About Anthony Nolan
Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer. The charity uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer and blood disorder patients in need of stem cell transplants. It also carries out pioneering research to increase stem cell transplant success, and supports patients through their transplant journeys. Every day Anthony Nolan gives three people a second chance at life. Find out more at www.anthonynolan.org
What is a stem cell transplant?
If a patient has a condition that affects their bone marrow or blood, then a stem cell transplant may be their best chance of survival. Doctors will give new, healthy stem cells to the patient via their bloodstream, where they begin to grow and create healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
- About 2,000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant from a stranger every year
- 90% of donors donate through PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection). This is a simple, outpatient procedure similar to giving blood
- We need more young men to sign up, as they are most likely to be chosen to donate but make up just 15% of the register
- We need more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to sign up. Only 60% of transplant recipients receive the best match. This drops dramatically to around 20% (one in five of transplant recipients) if you're from a Black, Asian or ethnic minority background.
- It costs £60 to add each new donor to the register so we always need financial support
- To join the Anthony Nolan register, you must be 16-30 and healthy. Anthony Nolan’s world-leading Research Institute has shown younger donors offer better outcomes for patients.
- Other organisations including the NHS British Bone Marrow Registry, the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry and DKMS have different criteria for signing up to the stem cell registry.