Healthy Moments Episode

Consider Donating Bone Marrow

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Apr 22, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers points out that you could save a life by donating bone marrow, and notes that the technique for donating bone marrow has improved.


Each year more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases. A bone marrow transplant from a donor offers hope for a cure.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Blood diseases can damage bone marrow, the soft tissue in the bone that houses blood cells. To try to fix the damage, doctors can transplant donated bone marrow stem cells.

You may have heard that bone marrow donation can be an uncomfortable process. Today, the technique has improved so that the majority of bone marrow donations involve a process that's similar to donating blood.

Keep in mind: 70 percent of people who need a transplant can't find a bone marrow donor within their families. Your donation can save a life.

To learn more about bone marrow donation, and how to register to become a donor, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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