Members of a local cancer support group are backing a national leukaemia campaign this September – and are urging local residents to follow suit.
East Midlands Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia support group is made up of people who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer known as chronic myeloid leukaemia. They typically meet up four times a year at the Maggie’s Centre, Nottingham City Hospital. They are backing Leukaemia Care’s #spotleukaemia campaign for blood cancer awareness month, which is held during the month of September.
The campaign is very simple – it is urging people to learn the signs and symptoms of leukaemia, which can be vague. The most commonly reported symptoms before diagnosis are: fatigue, bleeding or bruising, shortness of breath, sleeping problems, bone pain and night sweats.
Nottingham residents can get involved by ordering an awareness ribbon from the Leukaemia Care website and a symptoms card.
Leukaemia Care support groups from around the UK will be going spotty in September to mark the month and raise awareness. Leukaemia Care is a national blood cancer support charity, offering information, support and advice to anybody who has been affected by a blood cancer diagnosis. As well as their popular support groups, other services include a 24/7 help line, patient booklets and national conferences where patients can meet and share experiences.
Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, Head of Campaigns and Advocacy for the charity, added, “In all cancer types, early diagnosis saves lives. Over 9000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with a leukaemia but the vast majority of these are diagnosed in an emergency setting, such as A&E. The #spotleukaemia campaign seeks to empower members of the public to be able to talk to GP’s about their suspicions. We would urge everybody to get involved.”
The next East Midlands Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia support group will be held on 14th September, 7:00-9:00pm at the Maggie’s Centre. To find out more information on support groups head to http://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/support-groups or call a member of the Leukaemia Care team on 01905 75597