“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give,” said Winston Churchill. Saving a life can be the greatest gift you can grant anyone. Here I am going to tell you all about blood cancer, bone marrow donation and how you can save a precious life.
What is bone marrow?
Bone marrow is a spongy material found inside major bones. Bone marrow is the place where stem cells are produced. They mature and develop into red and white blood cells and platelets.
Blood cancers start in the bone marrow where they hinder the development of healthy stem cells and prevents them from carrying out their functions. This drastically affects the health of the individual suffering from blood cancer.
Types of blood cancer
The American Society of Hematology says that there are three types of blood cancer
· Leukemia- this form of cancer is found in the blood and bone marrow. It is characterized by the rapid production of abnormal white blood cells.
· Lymphoma- this type of cancer affects the lymphatic system
· Myeloma- it specifically targets plasma cells.
Why is it necessary to become a donor?
Deletebloodcancer.org says that 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with a type of blood cancer every year. Leukemia is one of the major contributing cases of childhood death in the
About 14,000 people will need
a bone marrow transplant every year and less
than half will receive it. U.S.
A donor and a patient are matched by comparing their human leukocyte antigen (HLA). Simply put, it is finding your genetic twin out in the whole wide world. People with shared ancestry are more likely to possess matching HLA types.
For this reason it is very essential for people with certain racial or ethnic backgrounds to become donors. The minority backgrounds which are in urgent need for donors are
· African American
· South Asian or Pacific Islanders
· American Indian
· Hispanics or Latinos
· And people of mixed race
The procedure of collecting bone marrow
There are two ways to donate
1. Removal of bone marrow from the back of the pelvic bone. Don’t be scared, this procedure is carried out under general anesthetic. There are no major risks involved in this procedure. You may experience minor discomfort and may feel weak and tired after the procedure. After 1 to 7 days you are your usual self, raring to go, satisfied with all the good deeds you have done.
2. PBSC- Peripheral blood stem cell method. This involves filtering stem cells directly from the blood and returning the filtered blood back into your system. Before the procedure, donors receive a medication for 3-4 days that help the body make more stem cells. Many donors experience some flu-like symptoms while the body makes more cells. This process is safe.
How can you become a donor?
You can become a donor by registering online you can visit
https://www.deletebloodcancer.org/register/register-now.html for more information
You can get involved with the Delete Blood Cancer.org by
1. Becoming a donor
2. Donating money for this sacred purpose
3. Organize a drive for which their staff will lend you all the support
If you require further information you can see
This is their Facebook and twitter page
Donate, become involved, save a life, be blessed and be a blessing.
Take good care,
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