Blood Cancer Awareness Month In-Person
Blood Cancer Awareness Month was established to increase public understanding of blood cancers and to raise awareness about the need for improved treatments, early diagnosis, and increased funding for research.
There are a number of cancers that affect the blood. Our blood is made of different types of blood cells, which are made in the bone marrow in the middle of our bones. There are three main types of blood cells: red blood cells (which carry oxygen), platelets (which help blood to clot), and white blood cells (which fight infection).
When blood cancer occurs, normal blood cell development is affected by the uncontrolled growth of an abnormal kind of blood cell. These cancerous cells stop your blood from performing the functions it's supposed to do, like fighting infections or clotting your blood when you're cut.
Types of blood cancer:
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month - a focused time for advocates and supporters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise awareness both locally and nationally about our efforts to fight blood cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's disease.