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Blood Cancer Awareness Month

3rd Sep 2021

Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI encouraging everyone to be Blood Cancer Aware this September

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and local charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI have launched a campaign to ensure that the public are aware of the signs and symptoms of these potentially fatal illnesses.

Blood Cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the UK by diagnosis and the 3rd most fatal. Approximately 1200 new patients are diagnosed in NI each year and this number is expected to rise as the disease is becoming more common in developed countries.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI are asking supporters to “Snap & Share, Be Blood Cancer Aware” when they see their banners out and about throughout the province this month. By highlighting the notoriously vague symptoms of these illnesses they hope that the public will be more aware and seek the urgent advice of their GP or a medical professional.

Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Night Sweats
  • Unusual Lumps
  • Recurring Infections
  • Bruising/Bleeding
  • Bone Pain