Data about the numbers of potential marrow donors and donated umbilical cord blood units listed on the donor registry of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (Program), including the National Cord Blood Inventory, are reported annually.
Increasing the numbers of marrow donors and cord blood units on the donor registry are requirements of the Program. To help more people who have difficulty finding a matching donor, special emphasis is placed on registering marrow donors and collecting cord blood units from these communities:
The growth in numbers of marrow donors and cord blood units, plus the diversity of races and ethnicities on the registry, are improving all patients' chances of finding the match they need.
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The registry contains more than 10.5 million potential donors.
Nearly 185,000 cord blood units are on the registry. This total includes more than 53,600 units from the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI), with nearly 11,000 NCBI units added in 2012.
Nearly 70,000 cord blood units on the registry in 2012 were from donors who identified their race or ethnicity as:
Nearly 2.9 million volunteers on the registry in 2012 were from these racial and ethnic communities:
|Volunteer Marrow Donors on the Registry by Race|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||Nearly 115,000 (1%)|
|Asian||More than 720,000 (7%)|
|Black or African American||Nearly 720,000 (7%)|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||Nearly 16,000 (less than 2%)|
|White||More than 7.1 million (67%)|
|Multiple Race||Nearly 395,000 (4%)|
|Volunteer Marrow Donors on the Registry by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino*||More than 1 million (10%)|
*Volunteer donors are asked to record both their race and ethnicity. Volunteers who recorded their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino are also included in one of the above racial groups.
|Cord Blood Units on the Registry by Race|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||300 (less than 2%)|
|Asian||Nearly 18,000 (10%)|
|Black or African American||More than 13,000 (7%)|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||174 (less than 1%)|
|White||Nearly 111,000 (60%)|
|Multiple Race||Nearly 17,000 (9%)|
|Cord Blood Units on the Registry by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino*||Nearly 34,000 (18%)|
*Both the race and ethnicity of cord blood units are recorded. Cord blood units recorded as Hispanic or Latino ethnicity are also included in one of the above racial groups.
Find more information about patient survival using marrow donors or donated cord blood units from the registry.