August 1st through the 7th is National Minority Donor Awareness Week. The focus of this week long observance is to draw attention to the many minority groups that are often under-served in the healthcare field. This difference is most noticeable when the waiting lists for organ transplantation are considered. Minority groups make up 58% of all people waiting for a transplant of some kind. The difference in genetic composition between ethnic groups makes this gap difficult to close and causes several populations to have a higher percentage of people in need of a transplant. High blood pressure and diabetes can lead to renal (kidney) disease, which is best treated through organ transplantation. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Asian and Pacific Islanders are three times more likely to develop one of these conditions and require an organ transplant. This is one of the leading causes of the high number of minority groups that are on the organ transplant waiting list. This week long observance brings attention to the issue of minority organ donation. If more people of every ethnicity donate organs or tissue the gap can be closed and many lives can be saved.
To learn more about minority organ donation and transplantation visit the link below.
To learn more about the process of organ and tissue donation visit the link below.
Remind your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances that becoming an organ donor can save many many lives and help us all to live more comfortably.
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