Call for blood donors to help fight cancer

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People in South Yorkshire are being urged to donate blood to support World Cancer Day.

The awareness day is taking place on February 4 and NHS Blood and Transplant is reminding donors that blood and platelets are often crucial in the treatment of cancer patients.

Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Many people know that blood is often used in accident and emergency situations, but more than 60 per cent of blood is used for non-surgical treatment, which includes treating cancers and other blood disorders.

“With around 6,100 blood donations needed by hospitals in England and North Wales every day, I would encourage both new and returning donors to make a date to roll up their sleeve and donate.

“Giving blood should take around an hour from the time of your appointment to completing your donation. You never know whose life you could save.”