Can I Give Blood If I Have Had Cancer?

It is not safe to give blood if you have had cancer

As – The ‘UK Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services’ have guidelines concerning cancer and who is safe to donate blood.

The reason being – is that there is a risk that a cancer cell(s)  could be passed on in the blood..


Although there is no conclusive evidence to support this  – The guideline is set out as a precautionary measure.

However – There are two exceptions to this rule, i.e. You can donate blood in the following circumstances:

  • Have suffered basal cell skin cancer and have finished treatment,
  • Have had treatment for an abnormal smear test, but had one normal smear since your treatment.
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