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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and as lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancer we aim to raise awareness of the symptoms and of the vital support we offer anyone affected.

What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer.

Lymphoma develops when white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control. Lymphocytes are part of your immune system, which help to fight infection. Lymphocytes travel around your body in the lymphatic system carrying a fluid called lymph. The lymph fluid passes through glands (lymph nodes), which are spread throughout your body. For this reason, lymphoma might also be referred to as a cancer of the immune system. 

Lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma are all types of blood cancer (also known as ‘haematological’ cancers). Although there are similarities between some types of lymphoma and leukaemia, most types develop differently. They also behave differently and are treated differently.

Every 27 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with lymphoma. You can help us make a difference this September. Be part of our 27 in 27 campaign during Blood Cancer Awareness Month to raise vital funds and awareness so they can keep providing emotional support and trusted information to anyone affected. Raise £27 in 27 days. The Lymphoma Action website has lots of ideas on how to raise £27 in 27 days.

You could also join in with the step out for lymphoma and get sponsored to walk 270,000 steps during the month of September!

Join Lymphoma Action’s dedicated Facebook group to connect with others taking on the challenge and raise funds quickly and easily.

WORLD LYMPHOMA DAY – 15th September – World Lymphoma Awareness Day is held on 15 September every year around the world. Since its launch in 2004, it has been a day dedicated to raising awareness of lymphomas, and cancers of the lymphatic system. 

In 2022, they are calling for improvements when it comes to diagnosing, treating and tracking lymphomas:

  • We Can’t Wait any longer to address the ways the pandemic has affected people living with lymphomas. This includes delayed access to treatment and care, hesitancy in seeking medical care, delays in diagnoses and an increased mental health burden to people living with lymphoma and caregivers.
  • We Can’t Wait any longer to track lymphoma subtypes. When we track subtypes, locally and globally, we will understand the actual disease prevalence and outcomes and improve patient care and research.

Lymphoma is the UK’s fifth most common cancer but is not well known and the signs and symptoms are often overlooked. 

On World Lymphoma Awareness Day help raise lymphoma awareness and vital funds by going purple! Get your family, friends and work colleagues involved and turn the world around you purple #PurpleForLymphoma

Source: Lymphoma Action Lymphoma Coalition Back Pain Blog UK

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