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Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News

MORAY MP URGES PEOPLE TO SIGN UP TO STEM CELL DONOR REGISTER

14/03/2016  

Angus Robertson MP has urged his constituents to sign up to the stem cell donor register, and help save the lives of people with blood cancer.

The charity, Anthony Nolan is looking for more people aged between 16-30 to sign up to donate their stem cells to help more people with blood cancer to find the best possible match. Last year Anthony Nolan helped 1200 people across the UK who needed lifesaving transplants find matching tissue types.

Anyone between the ages of 16-30 can sign up to the register, providing that they are fit and healthy. Applicants looking to join will be asked a couple of questions about their medical background. The charity is particularly looking to encourage more men to sign up, as they currently only make up 15% of the register.

Mr Roberson said:

“I would encourage all 16-30 year olds in Moray to sign up to the stem cell donor register to save the lives of people with blood cancer or blood disorders. Together we can make a big difference to people with blood cancer, and by raising awareness of the importance of signing up, we can get even more people to register.

“Most of us will be touched by cancer at some point in our lives and it is so important to do everything we can to beat cancer. Anthony Nolan helps transform the lives of people with blood cancer, and uses the register to match individuals who desperately need lifesaving transplants.

“Every 20 minutes someone in the UK will find out that they have blood cancer. At the moment, only 60% of patients find the best possible donor match, so Anthony Nolan desperately needs more people to come forward. Signing up is very quick and simple, and can be done by visiting www.anthonynolan.org

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