July Is African-American Bone Marrow Awareness Month

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What Is Bone Marrow Disease?

Bone marrow is the soft tissue found in some bones, including your hip and thigh bones. It contains stems cells, which can develop into the red blood cells that carry oxygen through your body, the white blood cells that fight infections and the platelets that help with blood clotting, the National Institute of Health writes. Bone marrow disease is the result of problems with the stem cells or how they develop and can be onset by your genetic makeup or environmental factors. 

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