Blood Cancer Awareness Month!
September brings the start of school, Labor Day, and the kickoff to the fall season. However, another incredibly important aspect of the month is that it is blood cancer awareness month.
There are 1.3 million people in the U.S. alone who are currently either being treated for or are in remission from blood cancer. Every three minutes, another person in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer. The three main types of blood cancer are leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, all of which require extensive treatment. The prevalence and severity of these cancers has prompted substantial research into how to alleviate blood cancer symptoms and work toward a cure, leading to the development of revolutionary treatments in immunotherapy, genomics, and personalized medicine.
Despite these advancements, blood cancer continues to be a debilitating diagnosis. More than one third of blood cancer patients pass away within 5 years of their diagnosis. Spreading awareness as well as creating spaces for people to share their stories is absolutely crucial to combating blood cancer. By taking a conscious role in educating ourselves and supporting those who are affected by blood cancer, we as a society are better able to work towards fighting the disease.
Of the many cancers that exist, blood cancer in particular has had a significant impact on my life. My grandfather is currently living with leukemia, and my grandmother with multiple myeloma. We have to keep a constant eye on their blood cell counts and my grandfather has been subjected to copious amounts of chemotherapy treatments. Therefore, blood cancer awareness month holds a special place in my heart.
One of my goals for this month is to educate myself and provide information on blood cancer diagnoses and recent developments in treatments. Each week throughout the month of September, I will dedicate a blog post to explaining one of the main types of blood cancer. Furthermore, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the Lymphoma Research Foundation are organizations that provide recent news and updates on blood cancer treatments, support resources, and ways to contribute.
I also want to ensure that we are able to show our support for those fighting against blood cancer this month. September 18th is the Virtual National Blood Cancer Conference, and you can find the link to register here. You can also show your support by wearing red throughout the month, especially on September 15th for World Lymphoma Awareness Day. Light the Night events are also available in various U.S towns throughout the month of September. You can find your local Light the Night event here. Fundraising or attending walks is also an incredible way to contribute to raising awareness and working toward the fight for the cure.
I am excited to educate myself and others about blood cancers and spread awareness throughout the month of September!
“September Is Blood Cancer Awareness Month.” September Is Blood Cancer Awareness Month Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org/article/september-blood-cancer-awareness-month.
“Blood Cancer Awareness: Help Blood Cancer Patients.” LLS, www.lls.org/blood-cancer-awareness.