About the diseases

Every day 6 children and adults in New Zealand are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition.

  • There are an estimated 21,000 people living with blood cancer or a related condition in New Zealand.
  • Blood cancers combined (leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) are the fifth most common form of cancer in New Zealand
  • Leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer while lymphoma is the most common cancer in 15 – 24 year-olds.
  • The cause of blood cancers is unknown.
  • These diseases can strike anyone, of any age, at any time, without warning.
  • Immediate treatment may be necessary and that treatment can go on for months or even years.
  • A diagnosis of a blood cancer can have far-reaching consequences. A diagnosis can change a person’s life overnight and has a huge impact on the patients, their family, friends and their income.

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