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Blood Cancer Awareness Month – What can you do to get involved?

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

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This summer we are busy preparing for September, an important month in our calendar as it is Blood Cancer Awareness Month – an entire month dedicated to raising awareness of blood cancer.

Whilst we work hard all year around to raise awareness of and support families affected by blood cancer, September is a chance to focus on raising awareness of the vague signs and symptoms of blood cancer to help people to get diagnosed sooner. Earlier diagnosis is vital in saving lives.

September is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so it seems like the perfect time to talk about the signs and symptoms of childhood leukaemia to make sure that as many parents as possible know what to look out for if they suspect that their child has leukaemia.

Over 1,700 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. Over 30% of those children are diagnosed with a form of leukaemia, making it the most common type of childhood cancer. This is why it is so important to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of blood cancer in children.

Last year we launched our GP training course, which was designed to help GPs become more familiar with the notoriously vague symptoms of blood cancer in adults, like tiredness, night sweats and unusual bleeding and bruising. We also shared our symptoms cards to help empower patients to recognise if they might have a blood cancer. This year, during Blood Cancer and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we want to continue our campaign to get as many people as possible aware of and talking about childhood leukaemia.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to get our supporters involved to raise awareness and funds to help us support more families that are affected by any blood cancer.  

Seven ways to get involved

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