What is the likelihood of finding a match?
Given the current makeup of the Be The Match Registry®, the likelihood of finding a match for a patient in need of a transplant ranges from 23-77 percent depending on patient ethnic background. Because genetic traits used to determine a match are inherited, patients are most likely to match donors who share the same ethnic background.
Improving the ethnic diversity of the registry improves all patients’ odds of finding a life-saving match, regardless of their ethnic background. Adding more potential donors and cord blood units to increase the ethnic diversity of the registry remains an important focus for Be The Match®.
How donors and patients are matched
Learn more about how donors and patients are matched and what may affect matching.
Why ethnic background matters
Ethnic background is important in finding a good match. Read more to find out why.
Why a donor’s age matters
Doctors will consider many factors when choosing the best donor for a patient—including a donor’s age. Learn why age matters.