Blood Cancer Awareness Week

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About

Blood Cancer Awareness Week is Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s annual national awareness week, usually held in the first or second week in November.

Every 4 hours a New Zealander is diagnosed with a blood cancer or related condition, that’s the equivalent of 2,200 New Zealanders a year.

Blood cancers 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. Treatment often needs to be administered immediately and may mean many New Zealanders and their families have to relocate to major cities with very little notice.

Facts

  • 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.
  • It is estimated that there are 10,000 New Zealanders living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition.
  • 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.

Resources

Check out our Facebook page for patient stories and updates from our team.

Check our YouTube channel for patient films about lymphoma and leukaemia.

For more information about blood cancers and related conditions click here.

You can also contact your local Support Services Coordinator.