Plea for young male donors

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A shortage of male bone marrow donors is putting blood cancer patients at risk, say blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

Male donors are overwhelmingly chosen to donate by transplant centres as many doctors believe they give patients the best possible outcomes. There are only 5171 young male donors in Scotland.

Henry Braund, Anthony Nolan’s chief executive, said: “We know doctors are increasingly choosing male donors to treat blood cancer patients so we need to ensure we’re providing clinicians with the donors they need. Failure to meet this demand could have very serious implications for blood cancer patients.”

The charity is calling on men aged 16-30 to sign up through their website.

For more information or to sign up online, please visit www.anthonynolan.org