I'm sure you've all heard the facts many times before, but whether it's the first, tenth or a hundreth time, they still make for stark reading:
- Blood cancer is the third biggest killer of any cancer in the UK.
- Blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK.
- 38,000 people are diagnosed each year.
- 14,000 people lose their lives each year.
It is these key statistics that we will be focusing on in September for Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
These numbers tell us that there is still a significant lack of knowledge about blood cancer and its symptoms among the general public and through to primary health professionals.
In order to raise awareness and get people talking about blood cancer we have planned a number of activities throughout the month: from social media campaigns to radio interviews to a special BCAM mailing to our first ever live Facebook Q&A. We will also be publicising our Bloodwise Ambassadors programme and hosting an event at Speakers House in Parliament. Finally, there will be a very exciting announcement about the Calendar Girls Musical around the middle of the month (those of you based in the North may remember the musical premiered in Leeds and Manchester late last year). Keep an eye on our main Bloodwise community Facebook page for more information!
We'd love for you to get involved and help raise awareness in your hospital. To help you get started we've put together a BCAM pack, full of everything you'd need to get noticed, whether you've got a table, a notice board or just a corner of a waiting room.
Your Blood Cancer Awareness Month pack contains:
- 10 x Support cards
- 1 pack of Balloons
- 10x Pens and pencils
- 5x Pads
- 10x Wristbands and keyrings
To order your pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are providing these packs free of charge because we know how important it is to get the message out there and raise awareness. However, if you would like to make a contribution towards the pack, you can do so here.
You can still order our information booklets, patient diaries and support service contact cards via our order form.
Do you already have plans for Blood Cancer Awareness Month? Let us know on the Bloodwise Nurses Facebook group!