World Leukemia Day

September 4th is World Leukemia Day. In this blog you can find out what it is and how to get involved.

What is World Leukemia Day?

World Leukemia Day on 4th September is a yearly global campaign started by Leukemia Care in collaboration with patient groups across the globe. It’s the one day of the year people from all around the world can come together to help raise awareness of leukemia. By raising awareness of leukaemia and educating the world on the signs and symptoms of the condition, we can work together to help leukaemia patients get diagnosed and provide better outcomes for them. You can make a difference no matter who you are and where you live.

Leukaemia is the 13th most common cancer in the world. Over 437,000 people are diagnosed with leukaemia each year, that’s over 1000 people every day. However, the non-specific signs and symptoms make it difficult to spot. There are over 300,000 deaths caused by leukaemia worldwide. Our campaign is vital because survival rates for leukaemia are significantly lower than most common cancers and these rates are worsened by the high rates of emergency diagnosis.

How do you get involved?

On Friday 4th September 2020, patient groups from across the world will unite to raise awareness of leukemia. We would love you to get involved too and have listed how you can below.

1. Share your leukaemia story

On 4th September, why not share your leukemia story on social media and use the hashtags #WLD2020 or #WorldLeukemiaDay.
To make your story even more engaging, why not a picture of you before diagnosis?

Story template:
My name is <name> and when I was <age at diagnosis> I was diagnosed with <type> leukemia. Before diagnosis I had the following symptoms <delete as appropriate> fatigue, bruising or bleeding, night sweats, frequent infections, weight loss, feeling weak or breathless. I didn’t know these were signs of a leukemia. This world leukemia day, I am asking five people from my friends and family to share this message to raise awareness of this blood cancer. #WLD20 #WorldLeukemiaDay #SpotLeukaemia

2. Download and use our graphics

We’ve created a range of social media graphics that you can use on World Leukemia Day.Simply download and use with the hashtag #WLD20 or #WorldLeukemiaDay on social media.

Download our shareable graphics here.

3. Take a spotty selfie

Dig out your spotty clothes and share your ‘spotty selfie’ on social media with the hashtag #WLD20 on September 4th to show your support.

Useful links on exercise

Returning to a “normal” life can see you reintroducing exercise into your daily routine. The following links contain excellent resources about exercise during and post treatment for a blood cancer.

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