Affects over 25,000 people in the UK each year
Blood Cancer is a group of Cancers that covers Leukaemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma.
Blood Cancer is a group of Cancers that covers Leukaemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma. These Cancers affect over 25,000 people in the UK each year, with Leukaemia and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma being the most common Blood Cancers.
Leukaemia is a Blood Cancer that affects the white blood cells. This is a bit of a bugger as they play an important part in our immune system to fight infections.
The problem? Leukaemia causes abnormal white blood cells to grow in the bone marrow. This then stops other important blood cells from growing. Most problems associated with this type of Cancer are caused less by the Leukaemia cells themselves, but by the lack of normal cells in the blood.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma affects your immune system by making too many lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). This can start off in your lymph nodes, bone marrow, blood, or spleen, but it can also develop in other body parts too.
men are diagnosed with Leukaemia in the UK every year
is most common in the 0 – 4 and 40+ age groups
lifetime risk of developing Leukaemia for men
most common Cancer in the UK is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and is most often found in people aged 65+
The exact causes of Blood Cancers are not known, but there are certain risk factors that make it more likely that you could develop it. These include:
There are a number of symptoms that could be signs of Blood Cancer. These can include:
These symptoms don’t necessarily mean you do have Blood Cancer, as they could be a sign of a different, less serious condition. But, if you do spot any of these, then you should get them checked out as soon as you can.
When you visit your GP they will examine you, and may take a blood test to help determine the problem.
To confirm a diagnosis of Blood Cancer, you may need a bone marrow biopsy. This would usually be carried out under local anaesthetic. The procedure is usually painless, although you could have some bruising and discomfort for a few days afterwards. All in all, the procedure should take just 15 minutes to complete (and you can go home straight afterwards, so no overnight hospital stays for you).
Swelling around the bone is one possible symptom
Over 22,000 men are diagnosed every year
Can change the way people think, hear, or act
Men have breast tissue so can get Breast Cancer too
Over 1,100 men die from these in the UK each year
Only around 20% survive more than one year
One of the most common and most deadliest
90% chance of survival if found early
This is the most common Cancer in men
More women get it, but more men die from it
Citrus fruits and allium veg help reduce the risk
One of the commonest Cancers in younger men