Cancer is a general term used to describe hundreds of diseases, all of which are unique in their molecular and cellular makeup. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 39.6% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. If you have cancer, donating small blood samples to StemExpress Foundation will accelerate cancer research to help patients like yourself.
MATERNAL BLOOD PROGRAM
Researchers now know that the genetic material found in maternal blood can be used to screen for aneuploidies and other chromosomal abnormalities. Donations of maternal blood will enable the advancement of genetic research, improving the accuracy and availability of non-invasive maternal blood draw screenings for all expecting parents.
Blood draws from confirmed aneuploidy-positive mothers help to refine Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) accuracy for all pregnancies. NIPT is less invasive than traditional testing methods like Chorionic Villus Sampling and Amniocentesis. With your help scientists can continue to improve the accuracy of this testing and lower the gestation at which screening can be performed.
CORD BLOOD PROGRAM
The life-saving stem cells in umbilical cord blood are currently being used to treat over 80 diseases including sickle cell anemia, lymphoma and leukemia. Umbilical cord blood's ability to treat a variety of life-threatening diseases brings hope to those in need.
Contact StemExpress Foundation to find out how to donate cord blood.
There has been significant progress in the treatment of HIV, but it still remains one of the world’s most significant health problems. Providing scientists with HIV positive blood samples will improve the speed and volume of HIV research, continuing to save and benefit lives globally.