National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA)
Hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide live with blood cancers, like leukaemia, myeloma, hodgkin lymphoma, and non-hodgkin lymphoma. Every 20 minutes someone in the UK finds out they have a blood cancer. Around 2,000 people in the UK need a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant every year. This is usually their last chance of survival. In the UK, 80% of African/Caribbean individuals battling leukaemia will not find an unrelated matched donor to save their life.
For Caucasian patients, the situation is the complete opposite; Caucasian patients have a 90% chance to find the best possible match from an unrelated donor.