Blood cancer awareness month

Why do we need to raise awareness?

  • Every year, over 12,000 people die from blood cancer in the UK

  • Someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer every 20 minutes

We need to raise awareness of blood cancers and disorders so that others can be aware of the signs and symptoms and be diagnosed and treated early.

How do I spot the signs of blood cancer?

Blood lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancer. Our lymph nodes help to fight infection and are a part of the body's immune system.  

Swollen glands are often caused by common illnesses like colds, tonsillitis and ear or throat infections but can also cause rare and serious conditions such as cancer of the blood system (leukaemia) or lymph system (lymphoma)

 

Symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin

  • Fatigue

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Night sweats

  • Itching

  • Shortness of breath

 

For more information, you can visit here to investigate your symptoms further.

Action to take:

 

Do not self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried that you display any of these symptoms.  It is always better to check for your own reassurance and to remove any doubt.

Blood cancer survival stories:

Naa and Keyur share their personal stories and individual cancer journeys.

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