Spot Leukaemia

Throughout our 50th year as a charity, we are running our Spot Leukaemia Campaign to help raise awareness of Leukaemia.


Can you Spot Leukaemia?

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 to help you to Spot Leukaemia?

Last September, our Spot Leukaemia campaign returned and reached over 100 million people during Blood Cancer Awareness Month. But why should we restrict our efforts to a single month? This time we will be campaigning all year long in the hope to reach even more people, by continuing to spread awareness of the cluster of symptoms that could indicate a blood cancer.

This year, 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. Highlight key issues faced by blood cancer patients across social media. This will help to raise awareness of the everyday problems faced by leukaemia patients and will give patients and carers a chance to share and learn tips from others.
  3. Share patient stories, helping others who are going through the same diagnosis.
  4. Release in-depth articles and videos about the main symptoms of leukaemia. This will focus on bringing clarity to particular symptoms that often precede a blood cancer diagnosis, as it is often the vagueness of leukaemia symptoms that can lead to an initial misdiagnosis or stop people from visiting their GP.
  5. Ensure GPs are being better supported to recognise and diagnose blood cancers, through our online eLearning modules and in-person training event.
  6. Cap off the campaign with a flourish. During Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September, we will be upping the ante with some of our biggest awareness events yet. So, watch this Space!

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

Show your support for blood cancer patients throughout the year by wearing our Spot Leukaemia pin badge. Our pin badges are free and can be ordered here.

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.

Share our symptoms cards and help raise awareness

Order our symptoms cards online and share with your friends, family, local community and even GP surgery and help us raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia.

Order your free symptoms cards here.

Go spotty and host a fundraising event

Use this year 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.

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.

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: