May 15, 2015

Many diseases that cord blood banking can treat are hereditary, meaning if someone in your family had a particular disease, there is a greater chance that your children could develop it as well. Fortunately, cord blood banking allows you to prepare for this possibility during your stages of pregnancy, before your children are even born. More and more parents are discovering the capability of the stem cells found in the umbilical cord blood and tissue of their newborns, which can be collected and stored in CariCord’s private umbilical cord blood banking center.

Currently, cord blood is known to treat more than 80 diseases, including several cancers and anemia treatment, with research underway for more potential therapies and treatments. What is stem cell research? Well, a portion of it involves discovering new uses for umbilical cord blood, which expecting mothers can decide to bank during their pregnancy stages. As stem cell research continues to advance, it is likely that cord blood will be able to treat even more diseases in the near future.

Most of the time cord blood that is collected and stored through a cord blood banking service after a mother’s stages of pregnancy, is used to treat a future disease in that same child, although it can also be used to treat another child that is a match. Generally, 25-30% of siblings are matches, so the decision made during your pregnancy stages to bank your child’s cord blood could in fact affect your other children who have already been born, should they ever develop a disease that cord blood can be used to treat. This makes umbilical cord blood banking especially beneficial if there is a history of disease in your family.

More than 1,500 children are diagnosed with lymphoma annually. Reports show it is the third most common cancer in children, and was expected to take the lives of more than 20,000 people in 2014 alone. This is a disease that cord blood can treat, which is why stem cell research and umbilical cord blood banking is something every expecting mother should look into during her stages of pregnancy.

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