Blood Cancer Awareness Week

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Blood Cancer Awareness Week 2017

Blood Cancer Awareness Week is Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s annual national awareness week, from 6-12 November 2017.

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.

This year, LBC have enlisted the help of well-known Kiwis and social influencers including Breakfast host Hilary Barry and Auckland MP Nikki Kaye to help raise awareness of the symptoms of blood cancer. They will be posting photos throughout the week featuring cameo appearances by the creatures. Keep an eye out on the LBC Facebook page for posts and videos to share during the week.

How you can help

  • Share our videos and posts on social media using the official hashtag #bcawnz during Blood Cancer Awareness Week 2017
  • Help spread the word by sharing the link to our campaign website
  • Follow LBCNZ on Facebook and Instagram for patient stories and updates from our team.
  • Check our YouTube channel for patient films about lymphoma and leukaemia.
  • Download our information poster for your workplace, school or organisation.


  • 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.
  • Lymphoma is one of the most common forms of cancer in 15-24 year olds.
  • The cause of blood cancers is unknown.
  • Immediate treatment may be necessary and that treatment can go on for months or even years.

For more information about blood cancers and related conditions please check out our website. You can also contact your local Support Services Coordinator.