People between the ages of 19 and 44 are ten times more likely to be called as a potential bone marrow donor.
Transplant doctors weigh many factors when selecting a donor for one of their patients; the age or the donor is one of them.
This reflects research findings that patients who receive cells from younger donors have a better chance at long-term survival after transplant.
Younger donors produce more and higher-quality cells than older donors, and transplants with a high number of quality cells improve the chances of success.
Even though the age range for joinig and being listed on the registry has not changed, recruitment efforts are focused towards younger people.
People between the ages of 18 to 60, meet health guidelines and are willing to donate to any patient in need, are still welcome to join the Bone Marrow Donor Registry.
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