September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

leukemia womenEach September the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society puts a spotlight on blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma in an effort to increase funding for cancer research and patient support services.

What are Leukemia & Lymphoma?

Leukemia & Lymphoma are cancers of the blood. Leukemia forms when tumors grow in the bone marrow, where blood cells are created. Lymphoma refers to a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system, which carries important fluids into the bloodstream.

There are an estimated 156,420 people in the United States diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma each year. Every three minutes one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Symptoms of leukemia can resemble many other illnesses and include: anemia, easy bruising or bleeding, small red spots under skin (petechiae), fatigue and weakness. Symptoms of lymphoma are similar, but also include swollen lymph nodes. Blood tests are used to diagnose blood cancers. Treatments for blood cancers include radiation and chemotherapy, and stem cell transplants.

How can I help?

Blood cancers are devastating diseases that affect more than the person with the disease. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s health organization dedicated to blood cancer, and manages programs to research cures and treatments, provide current cancer patients with services to make their treatment easier, and advocate for public policy that protects cancer patients and their families.

You can help the fight against blood cancer by making a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, by volunteering for a local chapter, or by participating in a fundraising event.

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