Our grateful thanks to the charity Blood Cancer UK for their contribution to our on-air report, which you can hear again further down this page. The Blood Cancer UK website provides more detailed information and a gateway to help and support - which you can access here.
As was highlighted in our radio report there are 130 different blood cancers/disorders. Broadly, there are three main types of blood cancer
Who gets blood cancer? All blood cancers are caused by faults in certain genes. Unlike other cancers, the factors that contribute to blood cancer developing are largely things we can't control, such as age.
Symptoms It’s important to remember that not everyone will have the same (or even any) symptoms.
Each person is different. There are many different types of symptoms which might lead a GP or hospital team to suspect blood cancer. The symptoms you get tend to be linked to the type of blood cell which is behaving abnormally.
Blood cancer symptoms can be quite vague and many of them are common with things like colds - for example tiredness, fever or an infection. Lumps are a common symptom of lymphoma, but again lumps are a common symptom of other, less serious illnesses. Because of this, it's important to consult your GP if you have symptoms (or groups of symptoms) which you think are very unusual for you, or last for longer than normal. It’s important to remember that some people may have very few symptoms or no symptoms at all. Each individual is different, and will have a different experience.
Listen to this weeks radio report
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