September: Blood Cancer Awareness Month
September each year marks the international event for Blood Cancer Awareness, for 10 years till now. Blood cancer includes various types such as: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN), Amyloidosis, Aplastic Anemia and Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia (1). Blood cells are affected in a different way in each type of them (1). Over 900,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with blood cancer every year (2). Approximately every 3 minutes one person in the United States (US) is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer (3). While an estimated combined total of 178,520 people in the US, are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2020 (3). Symptoms usually include: fever, persistent fatigue and weakness, loss of appetite, bone/joint pain, shortness of breath, frequent infections, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarms or groin (4). The treatment options available for blood cancers are: chemotherapy, radiation therapy and stem cell transplantation (4). Approximately every 9 minutes, someone in the US dies from a blood cancer (3). This statistic represents approximately 156 people each day or more than 6 people every hour (3).
- Leukaemia Foundation. “Blood Cancer Information”. https://www.leukaemia.org.au/blood-cancer-information/. Accessed 2 Sept 2020.
- Janssen EMEA. https://www.janssen.com/emea/about-blood-cancer. Accessed 2 Sept 2020.
- Leukemia And Lymphoma Society. Facts And Statistics. https://www.lls.org/facts-and-statistics/facts-and-statistics-overview/facts-and-statistics. Accessed 2 Sept 2020.
- Cancer Treatment Centers Of America. Blood Cancers – Types And Treatment Options. https://www.cancercenter.com/blood-cancers. Accessed 2 Sept 2020.