Can I donate blood if I have had cancer?

No, you can’t donate blood if you have had cancer.

The UK Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation services have guidelines about who can donate blood.

The guidelines say that you can’t donate blood if you have had cancer because there is a theoretical risk that a cancer cell could be passed on in the blood. There is no evidence to prove that this is possible. It is very much a safety measure.

There are exceptions. You may be able to donate blood if you:

  • have had basal cell skin cancer which has been completely removed and your wound has healed
  • have had treatment for a pre cancerous condition and are no longer having follow up. You may have had treatment for abnormal cervical cells and your follow up test did not show any abnormal cells and you have been discharged

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