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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP is backing a call for young men to donate much-needed bone marrow for transplants.

Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, has joined forces with other MPs hoping to recruit 10,000 men between the ages of 18 and 30 to the register of the UK’s leading blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan.

As men have bigger bones they produce more stem cells than women, and there is an improved prognosis for the bone marrow recipient if their donor is young. There is currently a shortage of young, male donors on the register.

One person in the UK is diagnosed with some form of blood cancer every 23 minutes, and there are almost 1,600 people in need of a transplant.

Only three in 10 patients will find a matching donor in their family.

n Visit www.mp.anthonynolan.org and enter the code PNW2 to sign up.