FAQs

Below are the most common asked questions that we receive about Bloody Rugby and blood cancer

What are the common symptoms of blood cancer?Blood cancer symptoms include:
Weight loss that is unexplained
Bruising or bleeding that is unexplained
Lumps or swellings
Shortness of breath (breathlessness)
Drenching night sweats
Infections that are persistent, recurrent or severe
Fever (38°C or above) that is unexplained
Rash or itchy skin that is unexplained
Pain in your bone, joints or abdominal
Tiredness that doesn’t improve with rest or sleep
Unusually pale complexion (pallor).
can I donate blood/platelets? You can find out if you can donate blood/ platelets at this link on the scotblood website .
Can I donate stem cells?If you are aged between 17 and 55 years and in general good health, then you may be able to register as a blood stem cell donor. If you register when you are 17, you will not be able to donate blood stem cells yet, but on your 18th birthday, you will automatically be activated in our database and included in the global donor searches.
If you have previously registered with DKMS or another donor centre, there is no need to do so again, as you will already be available for searches worldwide. If you have been diagnosed with any chronic or serious illnesses (whether current or in the past), please check with DKMS website link .
How can my local rugby club sign up to the Bloody Rugby Premiership?You can get a commitee member from you club to fill out the membership form (it’s free) and we will get in touch with them alternatively you can use our contact form for advice if you are not sure who the best person to do this is.