Did you know that every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer? According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), more than 1.3 million Americans are living with or in remission from a blood cancer. Right now, you can learn more about blood cancer and support organizations fighting against it during Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
“September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month – a focused time for advocates and supporters of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise awareness both locally and nationally about our efforts to fight blood cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease,” stated LLS’s website.
LLS said that blood cancers are the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., although many people don’t realize the impact. In fact, more than 1/3 of blood cancer patients do not survive five years after diagnosis. To help, LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in cancer research. “We are leaders in advancing breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine,” stated their website. “These revolutionary new treatments are powering our efforts to attack cancer from every angle.”
The Lymphoma Research Foundation is another organization working to spread awareness during Blood Cancer Awareness Month. This is “a time for members of the lymphoma community to harness their power, drive awareness, educate those around them and raise critical funds to support life-saving research,” according to its website.
The Lymphoma Research Foundation has been celebrating Blood Cancer Awareness Month and World Lymphoma Awareness Day (September 15) for more than 10 years in order “to shine a light on lymphoma, create fundraising opportunities to support innovative lymphoma research, and make the future brighter for all those touched by this disease.”
Show your support for Blood Cancer Awareness Month by wearing red, sharing on social media, and donating to a blood cancer research organization.