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It is sad to say many people still die from from blood cancers like leukaemia, not only in this country but around the world as well.

When a person gets blood cancer, there are two forms of treatment - chemotherapy and radiotherapy but it is only successful in three out 10 occasions.

This treatment is followed then by asking the people’s relatives for a stem cell or bone marrow transplant but again that is only successful in one out six attempts.

If all the normal treatments fail the doctor then contacts a charity like Anthony Nolan, who have a list of people willing to give their own stem cells or bone marrow to those people who have failed the normal treatment to see if they can save that ill person’s life from certain death.

The reason I am sending this email to you is because of the drastic shortage on our register of people of different nationalities.

These lifesaving transplants are based on cell tissue type and not blood groups as most normal operations are based upon.

For example if someone of Chinese origin gets leukaemia the only person that is likely to be match and to possibly save that person’s life is a Chinese person.

The same applies to a person from Africa.

David Ball

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