Did you know that Blood cancer is the 3rd biggest cancer in the UK? Nursing Personnel want to help raise awareness. Blood cancer claims the lives of 14,000 people every year in the UK, claiming more lives than more well known cancers such as breast and prostate cancer.
So what is blood cancer?
Blood cancer is when something goes wrong with the development of blood cells. This means your blood cells stop doing normal things such as fighting off infections. There are over a 100 different types of blood cancer with three main groups’ leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Blood cancer isn’t limited to age either, anyone can get blood cancer at any point in their lives, but it is the most common type of cancer in young adults and children.
What are the symptoms and signs of blood cancer?
The symptoms of blood cancer are very common and can be often mistaken for colds or flu. It is very important that you talk to your GP if symptoms last for an unusual amount of time.
Symptoms consist of:
How can you help raise awareness?
Let’s all raise awareness together, we want more people to know and understand the severity of blood cancer and begin saving lives.
First steps to raising awareness is talking about blood cancer, due to the lack of knowledge people have of blood cancer they may not always seek medical attention. Let’s get people talking on social media with #TalkAboutBloodCancer and spread the word.
Step two: Help bloodwise.org.uk raise money and fund research desperately needed.
For more information on facts and how to help fund please visit www.bloodwise.org.uk