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Why we need to #SayBloodCancer

Blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, and more critically, the third biggest cancer killer. Yet it remains a hidden cancer.

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Learn the shocking statistics

  • 78% of people with blood cancer describe blood cancer as a hidden cancer.
  • 31% of people with blood cancer have to visit their GP three or more times before being diagnosed.
  • 76% of people with blood cancer say they were not told their condition was a type of blood cancer when they were diagnosed.
  • 58% of people with blood cancer are not aware of any support available to them when diagnosed.
  • 47% of people with blood cancer do not feel part of a community, despite 70% of these people saying it is important to them.

We need your help

Blood cancer effects thousands of people across the UK every day. Without your help to raise awareness, we cannot be successful in our mission to beat blood cancer once and for all.

What can you do to raise awareness?

45% of those with blood cancer do not routinely talk about their condition as a type of blood cancer.

When you’re talking to friends and family about your condition, whether it be myeloma, MDS, or a type of leukaemia, consider adding six words: "It’s a type of blood cancer."

88% of those with or affected by blood cancer agree that people should be told that they have a type of blood cancer at diagnosis.

If you know a healthcare professional who treats people with blood cancer, ask them if they tell their patients that their condition is a type of blood cancer.

Use whatever platform you have to help us spread the message. Whether it’s talking about it on social media, putting it up on a local noticeboard, or writing to your MP, every small action we take to spread the message will create transformational change.

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