I was pleased to join cross-party MPs at an event on to celebrate the number of people who are registered as stem cell donors.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Stem Cell Transplantation, supported by blood cancer charity and stem cell register Anthony Nolan, held the event to mark the progress made by the transplant community in the past year.
In Scunthorpe, the number of potential stem cell donors registered with Anthony Nolan is 426. 42% of these donors are male, and the average age is 36.
In total, 645,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood or bone marrow cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.
I am encouraging more people from Scunthorpe, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate, and are currently underrepresented on the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.