Most of people don't know, but the chance to get a compatible bone marrow is really small in many countries. Lots of patients that are at waiting list do not survive until find a compatible donator.
This is a very personal cause for me. I lost my mother 7 years ago. She had leukemia and she just survived for 33 days since she found out about it. I know how important is to get registered and donate bone marrow for millions of people around the world. My mom didn't survive, but many patients can, with your help!
Leukemia is a malignant disease (cancer) of the bone marrow and blood. It is characterized by the uncontrolled accumulation of blood cells.
A complete blood count (CBC) is used to diagnose leukemia. This blood test may show high or low levels of white cells and show leukemic cells in the blood. Sometimes, platelet counts and red cell counts are low. Bone marrow tests (aspiration and biopsy) are often done to confirm the diagnosis and to look for chromosome abnormalities. These tests identify the leukemia cell-type.
From 1999 to 2005, the five-year relative survival rates overall** were:
*Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL): 66.3%; 90.9% for children under 5
* Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL): 78.8%
* Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML): 23.4%; 60.2% for children under 15
* Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML): 53.3%
Currently, there are approximately 245,225 people living with leukemia in the United States.
Can you imagine how it is in the rest of the world?
So help! Do a research and find yourself where you can donate bone marrow at your country. The patients will be glad to know you're helping.
1. 70% of patients don't find a compatible donator.
2. If you donate bone marrow, you can decrease that number!
3. Many lives can be saved!