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Bone marrow donation

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Introduction
Everything you need to know about bone marrow donation, including why and how it is done, the risks and your choices, with links to other useful resources.
Why bone marrow donation is used
Bone marrow transplants are required when a person’s bone marrow becomes damaged or diseased to such an extent that it stops functioning properly
How bone marrow donation works
Bone marrow donors must have a tissue type that is compatible with the person who is going to receive their bone marrow.
How bone marrow donation is performed
If you are on the bone marrow register and you are identified as a potential donor, you may be asked to provide a blood sample.
Who can donate bone marrow?
If you would like to become a potential bone marrow donor, you must be 18 to 49 years of age, in good general health and over 7 stone 12 pounds (50kg) in weight
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