September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and this year’s aim is to raise awareness of the symptoms of blood cancers, which can often be confused with flu. Health leaders from NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people to become more aware of the three main blood cancer types; multiple myeloma, leukaemia and lymphoma by getting involved in this year’s campaign.
Blood cancers commonly affect the function and production of blood cells. In most blood cancers, normal blood cell development is interrupted by uncontrolled growth of abnormal blood cells. The three main blood cancer types are multiple myeloma, leukaemia and lymphoma.
Leukaemia and lymphoma both commonly affects younger people and children. Symptoms include night sweats, persistent tiredness and unusual and frequent bleeding. Multiple myeloma is an uncommon type of cancer, with around 4,800 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK and is more common in men over 60.
To support this year’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month people are encouraged to organise a fundraising event, make a donation and receive a charity ribbon, get involved on social media or share their story.
It’s important that people are aware of the different types of blood cancer and the different symptoms. If people are concerned about their symptoms they are advised to see their GP so that a simple physical examination can be carried out.
Treatment usually begins quickly with many options available and GPs will recommend the best treatment options for you. Before deciding, you may wish to talk to friends, family and your partner.