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l Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

l Around 1800 people in the UK need a bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant each year.

l 63% of UK patients will not find a matching donor from within their families.

l About half of those who need a life-saving bone marrow transplant find a suitable donor.

l White Northern Europeans have a 90% chance of finding a suitable donor. This falls to just 40% for people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

l 90% of donations take place via PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection). This is an outpatient appointment and is similar to donating blood.

l More young men aged 16-30 are needed as donors as they are most likely to be chosen but make up just 12% of the register.

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