Blood Cancer Awareness Month

#YouveGotItInYou


Blood Cancer Awareness Month takes place every September. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness of blood cancers and disorders, and also the incredible second chance at life that blood stem cell donors give to those in need.
Did you know that in the UK, every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer or disorder? And that for most people a blood stem cell donation from a stranger with similar DNA is their best – or only – chance of survival?
This Blood Cancer Awareness Month, we want to find out if you’ve got it in you to be a lifesaver-in-waiting. Take the first step towards saving a life and request a swab kit – or help support us to do so by covering the costs of registration.

Request a swab kit to become a potential donor

Check your eligibility

Your age, location and current health status are important. Check to see if you can become a blood stem cell donor.

Your age, location and health are important

See if you are eligible

As a registered donor, you will be on standby to save life.

Do you live in the UK or British Islands?

United Kingdom

DKMS in the UK accepts registrations from the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Is this your first registration with a stem cell donor registry?

f you are already listed with the British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR), the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR), or with Anthony Nolan, you should not re-register. We and each of these organisations register donors to one single UK registry.

Please enter your date of birth.

Does your health allow you to register as a donor?

If you have or have had in the past, a chronic or serious condition, or take any medication regularly, please review the list of conditions below, or, for more in-depth information, visit our FAQ's.

If you would prefer to contact us for guidance, please call us on 020 8747 5620 or send an email to donor@dkms.org.uk.

List of conditions

Please select measurement unit and enter your details

You are an eligible donor!

Thank you for checking your eligibility with us.

Please wait while you are transferred to the registration form to request your swab kit.

Thank you for your support.

We can only register people who live in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

 

You might be able to register with one of our sister organisations below:

or

or you can...

Help us raise funds

Thank you for your support.

If you did register before, you do not need to register again.

 

There are other ways to help.

Help us raise funds

Thank you for your support.

To register as a potential blood stem cell donor, you must be between the ages of 17-55.

 

You can still help in other ways!

Help us raise funds

or

Thank you for your support.

Unfortunately you are not eligible to become a donor.

 

You can still help in other ways!

Help us raise funds

or

Thank you for your support.

To register you must weigh at least 7 stone/13 lbs / 50 kg with a BMI below 40.

 

But there are still many other ways to help!

Help us raise funds

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Does your health allow you to register as a donor?

Before you register, please check that you are able to donate by looking at the list below.

For further information, please see our FAQs

You will NOT be able to register if you have any of the following conditions:​

  • Severe heart, lung or kidney diseases 
  • Severe illness of the central nervous system
  • Severe mental health conditions
  • Severe metabolic diseases
  • Addictions (alcohol, drugs, tablets)
  • Severe tropical infectious diseases
  • Infectious diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, Syphilis 
  • Systemic autoimmune diseases or other severe chronic illnesses (e.g. colitis, Crohns, diabetes or rheumatism)
  • Cancer (including being cancer-free, but having had cancer in the past). Exception: Basalioma and cervical carcinomain situ (if  fully removed)
  • Diseases of the haematopoeitic system (blood disorders)

Please note, you must weigh above 7 stone 12lbs / 50kgs and have a body mass index (BMI) of below 40 to register.

Blood transfusion: if you received a transfusion following a one-off loss of blood (e.g. during pregnancy/childbirth or after trauma) you are eligible. Otherwise, please get in touch.

If you have or have had in the past, a chronic or serious condition, or take any medication regularly, please discuss this with a member of our team for initial guidance by calling us on T:020 8747 5620 or sending an email to donor@dkms.org.uk.

How to become a blood stem cell donor

How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS
How to become a blood stem cell donor with DKMS

Watch this short video to see what it means to be a potential blood stem cell donor. A five-minute cheek swab will put you on standby to save a life.

Why we urgently need more donors

Every year, more than 2,000 people in the UK are in need of a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donation from an unrelated person. Four out of ten of those people won’t find a match. With thousands of possible DNA types, we need to grow the registry if we want to give every person in need a fighting chance. Currently only 2% of the UK population is on the blood stem cell register.

Gareth and his wife

"To get that call, that’s when the superhero feeling kicked in"
- Gareth's PBSC donor story

Scott after his race

"My work were so supportive throughout the whole process"
- Scott's bone marrow donor story

Lisa during her donation

"This should be a walk in the park compared to Braxton Hicks and labour"
- Lisa's PBSC donor story

HELP US TO REGISTER MORE LIFESAVERS

It costs us £40 to register just one potential blood stem cell donor and while many of our supporters contribute towards the cost of their registration, not all are able to do so.

Your donation, no matter the size, will make a difference today! Every single penny that we receive will go towards the cost of registering new potential donors.

Together we can save more lives.

We accept:

Other ways you can help

Return your swabs

Post your swabs back today

If you’ve registered but have yet to return your swab kit, it’s crucial that you return it to us. Without your swabs we are unable to complete your registration. If you’ve lost your kit, or can’t remember if you returned your swabs, email us and we’ll help you out.

Help us grow

Bradley Bowman

There are many ways to get involved and help our mission. From running your own donor recruitment event to a fundraising challenge to raising awareness, find out how else you can join the fight against blood cancer.

Spread the word

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube logo's

We'll be posting, tweeting and sharing new content throughout September. Every like, share and comment helps us to raise awareness about blood cancer, so get involved in our online community this month.