Each year we reach millions of people with our spot leukaemia campaign but despite our efforts, awareness of blood cancer amongst the public, as well as in primary healthcare, is still dangerously low and blood cancer continues to claim more lives than prostate or breast cancer every year.
Currently, patients with leukaemia have a significantly higher rate of emergency diagnosis than other forms of cancer. The highest emergency presentation rates for any cancer type occur in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), at 66% of patients. This is a huge difference when compared with the overall cancer emergency presentation percentage (21%).
Unfortunately many people aren’t aware of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia until they or someone they know is diagnosed. This leads to a delay in visiting a GP, which can delay a diagnosis, worsening the outcomes for patients.
Quite often, due to the non-specific nature 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 need your help in reaching the general public so that everyone is able to Spot Leukaemia sooner.
Early diagnosis saves lives
What we’re doing to help you to Spot Leukaemia?
Last year, our Spot Leukaemia campaign reached over 100 million people, and this year we want to reach even more, so that there is a greater awareness of the clusters of symptoms that could indicate a blood cancer.
This September, we plan to:
- 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.
- 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 gain a better understanding of leukaemia, how it presents and who it affects.
Read some amazing stories here.
- Raise awareness across the world- Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon.
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. These are:
- Shortness of breath
- Fever or night sweats
- Bruising or bleeding
- Bone/joint pain
- Repeated infections
How can you get involved with our Spot Leukaemia campaign?
Keep your eyes peeled on how to get involved in this years campaign.
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: