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25 million donors
03/23/2015

The ONT and the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Foundation celebrate 25 million bone marrow donors worldwide

  • It is an encouraging figure that increases the possibilities of finding an unrelated donor for any patient who needs it, wherever he or she lives.

  • In spite of this rise, both the ONT and the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Foundation encourage citizens to become marrow donors.

  • Spain already has more than (175.791) donors, a figure that has grown more than 70% over the last two years, thanks to the National Marrow Plan. Also, 60,000 cord blood units are stored in our country. 

  • According to ONT-REDMO data, 5,796 people have decided to become bone marrow donors since the beginning of the year.

  • Throughout 2014, ONT-REDMO began 855 compatible donor searches. Also, 80 Spanish bone marrow donors carried out their donations.

  • Each year, around 5,000 new cases of leukaemia are diagnosed, many of which need a bone marrow transplant. 

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