National Aplastic Anemia and MDS Week, observed during the month of March, is set aside to celebrate those who have survived these disorders. It is a day when people can meet to share experiences, encourage patients, do advocacy and volunteer either materially or through blood donation towards treatment of people suffering from these disorders.
Aplastic Anemia and MDS (Myelodysplastic syndromes) are disorders that normally affect the blood and the bone marrow. The bone marrow usually gives rise to the stem cells that are responsible for the production of either the red blood cells, white blood cells or the platelets. In the case of aplastic anemia, the production of these cells is hampered, resulting in shortage of these in their body. In contrast, MDS does not result to a shortage of bone marrow stem cells. This disorder is described by defective and slow maturing stem cells. Most cells that mature usually die in the bone marrow before reaching the bloodstream.
The awareness color for Aplastic Anemia is Red and White Pinstripes.
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