Spot Leukaemia

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and we want to raise awareness of leukaemia with our Spot Leukaemia Campaign.


Can you Spot Leukaemia this Blood Cancer Awareness Month?

Leukaemia patients are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed by an emergency route compared to the average for all cancer patients (37% vs 22%).

Many people aren’t aware of the signs and symptoms of a leukaemia until they or someone they know are affected. This means that people often delay in visiting their GP.

Quite often, due to the vagueness of the symptoms and relative rarity of leukaemia, people are misdiagnosed by their GP or attend several times before diagnosis. This means that there is a delay at primary healthcare.

We want to change this by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms and helping people to Spot Leukaemia. Early diagnosis saves lives.

What we’re doing during Blood Cancer Awareness Month

What we’re doing during Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Last year, our Spot Leukaemia campaign reached 3 million people, and this year we want to reach even more, so that there is a greater awareness of the cluster of symptoms that could indicate a blood cancer.

This September, we plan to:

1. Raise awareness online and within the media of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia, educating the public so they know what to look out for.

2. Take our Spot Leukaemia campaign on the road and raise awareness within 8 cities in the UK, all of which were indicated in our patient survey as cities with a low awareness rate.

We will be heading to:

Birmingham

Bristol

Exeter

Liverpool

London

Nottingham

Oxford

York

3. Share leukaemia stories so that blood cancer patients can connect to someone who is going through the same journey as them and the public can better understand more about leukaemia, how it presents and who it affects.

4. Ensure GPs are being better supported to recognise and diagnose blood cancers, through our online eLearning modules and in-person training event.

Spot the signs and symptoms of leukaemia

Leukaemia can be hard to spot because the signs and symptoms are common to other unrelated illnesses. Knowing what to look out for could help you make the decision to visit your GP sooner. Early diagnosis saves lives.

The six most common symptoms experienced by all leukaemia patients prior to diagnosis are:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Feeling weak or breathless
  3. Fever or night sweats
  4. Easily bruising or bleeding
  5. Pain in bones or joints
  6. Frequent infections

Learn about the signs and symptoms of leukaemia.

Download our symptoms card here

How can you get involved with our Spot Leukaemia campaign?

How can you get involved with our Spot Leukaemia campaign?

There are lots of ways you can get involved and help make a difference this September:

Wear our Spot Leukaemia pin badge with pride

Throughout the month of September, we are asking you to show your support for blood cancer patients by wearing our Spot Leukaemia pin badge.

We’d love to see your selfies wearing your badge with pride. So, don’t forget to mention us on social media and add the hashtag #SpotLeukaemia to your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Our pin badges are free and can be ordered here.

Go spotty and host a fundraising event

Use September as an opportunity to hold your very own fundraiser in aid of Leukaemia Care, helping us to raise awareness of leukaemia and its signs and symptoms. From spotty bake sales to a spotty pub quizzes, there are lots of ways to get family and friends involved.  You can find some of our fundraising ideas here.

For more information or if you would like some fundraising support from our team, please email fundraising@leukaemiacare.org.uk, or call 01905 755977.

Take flyers and posters to your local GP surgeries

Ensure that GPs in your local area are equipped to recognise and diagnose blood cancers early, by giving them our eLearning module flyers and Spot Leukaemia posters.

To order the material, contact our campaigns team at campaigns@leukaemiacare.org.uk

Shout about it on social media

Help us spread the word and raise awareness by using the campaign hashtag #SpotLeukaemia on Twitter and Instagram and encourage others to join in.

You can download our social media infographics here.

Share your story

If you’ve been affected by a blood cancer, sharing your story can help others going through a similar situation and help the public to better understand leukaemia.

If you’d like to share your story, email the Communications Team on communications@leukaemiacare.org.uk.

Spot Leukaemia crochet pattern

✂️ Calling all keen crocheters! ✂️

As part of our Spot Leukaemia campaign, lovecharlie.co has created a crochet design of a blood drop, and we want all of you crocheters to make your own.

All you have to do is download the design and get crocheting! Don’t forget to send us your photos via social media or email at communications@leukaemiacare.org.uk.

Download the design here.

Read some #SpotLeukaemia stories

Read our patient stories and learn about the symptoms that they went through before being diagnosed.

Sean Rourke’s chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) story.

 

If you have any further questions about Spot Leukaemia then you can contact our Campaigns and Advocacy team. They are available Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 5:30pm. If you would like to speak to them, you can:

 

Media information: A media centre has been created here