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4 Things You Should Know About World Blood Cancer Day

World Blood Cancer Day (WBCD) is a global awareness day dedicated to the fight against blood cancer.


1. Blood Cancer can affect anyone

Blood cancer is typically used as an overarching term comprising of all disorders that include dead blood cells turning into cancerous cells that take over your body. It is a type of malignancy that affects the blood, bone marrow, or lymphatic system.

This disease does not discriminate. From newborns to people over the age of 50, blood cancer can strike anyone, at any time.

2. This disease has consumed India

Every year, over 1,00,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer or a blood disorder. This disease attacks someone in our country every 5 minutes. As you are reading this, someone in India has just gotten the news that their life has been cut short by this deadly disease.

Their only hope of survival is a blood stem cell transplant from a matching donor. Unfortunately, India amounts to only 0.04% of the total registered donors worldwide.

3. Why May 28?

World Blood Cancer Day (WBCD) is a global awareness day dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. On May 28, individuals, friends, families, communities, companies, organizations share their support using the red ampersand, the official sign for WBCD.

4. How YOU can help!

There are multiple ways you can show your solidarity for this cause, right from the comfort of your home.

Everyone counts in the fight against blood cancer. Once you are between the ages of 18–50 and in general good health, you can register as a potential lifesaver. Make your mark and help us give everyone in need of a stem cell transplant, a second chance at life.

However, creating awareness in your personal and professional circles, interacting with our digital platforms, and volunteering to hold drives is something we always appreciate.

This World Blood Cancer Day, show your support for our cause by drawing an ampersand (“&”) symbol on your hand and post a picture on your social media. Tag us @dkms_bmst_in and use the hashtag #WBCD so we can reshare all that love.

Taking a step towards making change costs nothing but your time and a will to help!

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