Cyprus has the second lowest rate of stem cell transplantations among EU countries, newly published Eurostat numbers show.
In 2018, over 30,000 patients in the European Union (EU) received healthy blood-forming cells, stem cells, to replace their own that had been destroyed. The highest numbers of stem cell transplants were reported in Germany, 7,900, France (5,800) and Italy (5,700).
The number of such transplants in Cyprus was 10.
“To make a sound comparison between countries, the absolute numbers of stem cell transplants across member states need to be adjusted to the size of the population,” the Eurostat report went on to say.
With 9.6 stem cell transplants per 100,000 inhabitants, Germany registered the highest rate among the EU member states in 2018, closely followed by Italy with 9.4.
At the opposite end of the scale is Malta (2017 data) with no stem cell transplants, followed by Cyprus (1.2) and Romania (1.8).
Data for 2018 were not available for Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal and Malta