1 in 19 people will be diagnosed with blood cancer. In fact, it is the 3rd biggest cause of cancer deaths killing more people every year than either breast of prostate cancer.
Despite it being so common, a poll of more than 2,000 British adults published this week reveals that just 1% of people are “very confident” they could identify common symptoms of blood cancer, with over half the population not knowing any symptoms at all.
Blood cancer happens when something goes wrong with the development of your blood cells, causing them to stop working properly. This can stop your blood doing what it would normally do to keep you healthy, like fighting off infections or helping repair your body.
So, what are the symptoms?
Blood cancer symptoms can be varied and often very vague. People can have just one or many of these before diagnosis – and in some cases, none at all:
- Persistent and unexplained tiredness
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained bruising and/or bleeding
- Persistent infection
- Drenching night sweats
- Lumps or swellings in the neck, head, groin or stomach
- Bone/joint pain
Bloodwise, the UK’s biggest blood cancer charity, provide information and support for anyone affected by blood cancer. Their Support Line is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm and can be accessed here.
How can I make a difference this Blood Cancer Awareness Month?
Bloodwise are calling for people to ‘Help Make Blood Cancer Visible’. Here are some of the ways you can help:
Join the campaign on social media
#HelpMakeBloodCancerVisible will be running throughout the whole of September. Find out more on the Bloodwise website or follow their social media pages – just click the links below.
Support Bloodwise via Give as you Live
Simply shop with the retailers that you usually use via Give as you Live and you’ll raise a percentage of your purchase for your chosen charity at no extra cost to you. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your funds will rack up just by carrying out your usual activities online like buying groceries, clothes and gifts. Creating your own personal account takes no more than 5 minutes, and will allow you to track the progress of your fundraising activities.
Remember that creating an account is completely free and you’ll pay nothing to raise funds for the charity you want to support when you click through via Give as you Live – it couldn’t be easier or quicker to help raise vital funds.
Bloodwise are always looking for volunteers, and you can also support the charity by organising your own fundraising events. For more information about fundraising you can email Bloodwise’s regional fundraisers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cards for Good Causes
Christmas is just around the corner! Bloodwise supports Cards for Good Causes, a UK multi-charity Christmas card organisation which has been selling cards for Bloodwise for many years. In 2015 they raised an incredible £113,000 for Bloodwise which can help fund vital research and patient services. With over 300 shops, you’re likely to find a branch near you that sells cards that make a difference. You can find your local CFGC shop here.