July Is African-American Bone Marrow Awareness Month

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How Are African-Americans Affected by Shortage of Available Donors?

Of 10 million people registered with the Be The Match Registry, just 685,000 (7 percent) are African-American, this compared to 6.8 million that are white, the organization reports. The chance of finding a match on the Be The Match Registry is close to 93 percent for whites, but for African-Americans and other minorities, the chances can be as low as 66 percent. About 70 percent of patients in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family and depend on the Be The Match Registry, according to the organization. 

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