If someone from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background needs a transplant to cure their blood cancer, their best chance of finding a matching donor will be from someone of the same ethnicity. For Asian patients, this is just 6% of Britain.
And it’s not just Asian patients. It can be difficult to find matching donors for other people from an ethnic minority in the UK, like African-Caribbean or Jewish patients.
That's why we need more diverse donors
Right now, white Europeans have a 69% chance of finding the best possible match, while people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds have just a 20.5% chance.
With a more diverse register of donors, we can help to address this imbalance and work to ensure that nobody dies waiting for lifesaving stem cells, no matter who they are.
How you can help
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