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Think T.E.S.T!

written by

Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • BCAM

This September, we are urging people to think T.E.S.T to learn the signs and symptoms of blood cancer.

A lot of people don’t know what the signs and symptoms of blood cancer are – partly because they are vague and can be linked to other, less serious diseases or illnesses, such as flu. Symptoms include persistent fatigue, night sweats, joint pain, bruising and recurrent infections, which don’t always ring alarm bells to prompt people to visit their GP. Especially as there is no specific check you can do yourself like other cancers such as breast cancer, to get you to go to your GP.

Because of the vague and non-specific symptoms, people are being misdiagnosed or diagnosed as an emergency, with 33% of blood cancers - more than 10,000 patients – are diagnosed via the emergency admissions route each year.

Blood cancers can cause many different symptoms. Some are common across all blood cancers, others are more characteristic of particular types of blood cancer. For example, lymphomas can be characterised by swollen lymph nodes and one of the most common symptoms of myeloma is bone pain, especially in the back.

To help people to recognise these symptoms and make people more aware about blood cancers, we have developed our symptoms cards as an easy way to remember the common symptoms of blood cancers.

– Tiredness and exhaustion

E – Excessive sweating

– Sore bones and joints

– Terrible bruising and unusual bleeding


We hope that by launching these symptoms cards, it will help people to recognise these symptoms as being a potential warning sign for blood cancer. Although these symptoms don’t always mean you will have blood cancer, by making people aware of them, it can increase the chance of a blood cancer being diagnosed quicker rather than putting off a trip to the doctors. 

Download our symptoms card or request hard copies by calling 08088 010 444.