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Leading Blood Centers, LifeSource and Central Blood Bank, Spotlight a Unique Donor Population During National Hereditary Hemochromatosis Awareness Month
Date:7/14/2009

symptoms related to HH before it causes problems. Although the majority of patients are diagnosed after age 40, the availability of genetic testing allows diagnosis of individuals at a younger age.

Males are five times more likely than females to be diagnosed with the disease due to menstruation, pregnancy, lactation, or lower iron intake. Symptoms usually appear between ages 40 and 60 when the iron build-up in the body has already reached toxic levels, causing irreparable damage to internal organs.

"After testing positive for the HFE mutation, I was quickly diagnosed with HH," says patient Christopher Jansen. "My doctor wrote me a prescription for regular phlebotomy treatments which I began at LifeSource. With health care costs on the rise, I was surprised that I could receive these ongoing treatments for free. Almost a year later I continue to have phlebotomy done at LifeSource and I'm relieved to know my blood is going to those in need. I never would have believed that my having HH could actually help save other lives."

About LifeSource

LifeSource, Chicagoland's non-profit blood center, is the largest supplier of blood and blood products in Illinois, and one of the largest blood centers in the country. Established in 1987 through a merger of the Blood Center of Northern Illinois and the American Red Cross Blood Services-Mid-America Region, LifeSource is owned and operated by The Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM(SM)).

LifeSource operates 22 conveniently-located community donor centers, two mobile unit-supported donor centers, and conducts an average of 10 mobile blood drives daily (or 100 mobile blood drives weekly). Serving patients in six northern Illinois counties, LifeSource provides a half million blood products annually to approximately 60 hospitals - including 10 Level 1 Trauma Centers - in meeting the need for patient trans
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