Younger people are far more likely to donate their stem cells (for a man aged 16-30, it's a 1 in 200 chance - 3.5 times the average!). But there's also extensive research that indicates younger donors provide the best outcomes for patients.
We focus our resources on recruiting the people most likely to be chosen to donate, and to provide the best possible outcomes for the patient. But if you're over 30, there are other registries you can join, as well as many other ways you can get involved with Anthony Nolan's work.
Fundraise - From cake sales to skydives, there are so many ways to raise money and save lives.
Volunteer - Volunteer as a stem cell courier, schools speaker or spit kit packer!
Give regularly - A Direct Debit is a fantastic way of supporting our lifesaving work.
Campaign - Join the Destination: Cure campaign and show your MP how much you care about our cause.
Cord blood donation - If you're pregnant, you can donate your umbilical cord in 4 hospitals around the UK.
You only need to join one register - the Anthony Nolan and NHS Stem Cell Registry will search for you when we're looking for a match, no matter which register you sign up with. Whichever register you join, you'll stay on it until you turn 60.
If you're already a blood donor, or willing and eligible to give blood, you may be able to join the British Bone Marrow Registry, run by NHS Blood and Transplant, by giving an extra sample at your next appointment. NHSBT accepts men aged 17-40, as well as women aged 17-40 from mixed or minority ethnic backgrounds.
DKMS UK registers people aged 17-55. You can sign up online, or at a recruitment event.