Every 40 minutes someone in Australia is diagnosed with blood cancer, and for many a blood stem cell transplant from a complete stranger is their only hope.
Younger donors result in better outcomes for patients, so we urgently need 18-35 year olds to register and increase their chances of finding the best possible match. Ethnic diversity is also important as patients are more likely to find a match with a donor from the same ethnic background. Young men make particularly important donors – as they often weigh more, they literally have more to give.
- 30% of patients find a match within their family
- 70% need to find an unrelated donor through the Australian Donor Registry
- Only 4% of donors on the registry are males aged 18-35
- We search registries around the world to find the best match for Australian patients. Sadly many countries don’t have registries and Australians from these backgrounds can struggle to find a donor.
- 80% of Australian patients receive a donation from an overseas donor.