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Leukemia patients encouraged to undergo spit test


According to a health report published on, a charity in Britain is encouraging prospective donors to take a spit test instead of a blood test in order to make the process quicker and easier.

The Anthony Nolan trust is the first in the world to use this new method, that is expected to be especially popular with young people, who lead busy lifestyles. These potential donors will be sent saliva kits by post along with a questionnaire. They will need to send back their saliva sample with the filled in questionnaire.

Chief executive Henry Braund said “’Anthony Nolan provides two potentially lifesaving transplants every day, but there is an equal number that we can’t currently help. We urgently need to increase the number of people on our register and saliva testing will help us do that much more quickly and effectively.” reported that the bone marrow donors should be in good health, aged 18-40 and should weigh more than eight stone.

Bone marrow is a lifesaving spongy material that produces stem cells. It is present inside the bones and transplanting them can help save the lives of leukemia patients. The donor needs to have the same tissue type as the patient in order to be able to donate their bone marrow. The test has been welcomed by leukemia patients.

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