Cancer – I have had cancer. Can I donate?

In most cases you can donate again if you remain free of cancer five years after completing  treatment. This is to protect your health by ensuring, as far as possible, that the cancer is gone and will not recur. Five years is the period most often used by doctors to define a cancer as presumed 'cured'.

There are exceptions to this waiting period for minor skin cancers and pre-cancers.  For basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin, or carcinoma-in-situ of the cervix, prostate, or breast ducts (ductal carcinoma-in-situ), you may be eligible to donate as soon as treatment is complete.

However, if you have a history of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, which involve the blood production system, you can never donate blood. This is to protect your health and the health of patients who receive donated blood. Don't be disappointed though, because there are other ways you can help.

Please call 13 14 95 to see if you can donate blood.

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