Blood Cancer : Don't Let The Stains Give You Fear

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Blood Cancer, it’s the word that most of us don’t ever want to listen during our lifetime. It’s not just the disease but a life-threatening illness that turns life into a disaster. September is the blood cancer awareness month and at this very moment, let us all rise to the occasion and stand against blood cancer and beat it before it takes more lives.

What is Blood Cancer?

Simply put, it refers to certain cancers which affect the blood, bone marrow and the lymphatic system. It attacks the blood that makes up the blood and also the ones who fight against the infection.

The disease actually forms tissues in blood that hinders a body’s ability to fight against infection. These types of cancer can affect people of any age group accounting for the third of all cancers.

Types

There are different types of blood cancers depending on the symptoms, causes and the situation of their occurrence. Following are the most common types of blood cancers :

Leukemia

This form of cancer affects your blood cells and bone marrow. It forms immature cells that divide quickly which automatically compromises your immune system and its ability to fight against infection.

Lymphoma

It affects the Lymphatic system of our body. It is an important part of the immune system which produces white blood cells and also removes waste from your blood. Lymphoma can develop in your lymph nodes, bone marrow, blood, spleen and other organs of your body.

Myeloma

Myeloma or Multiple Myeloma is cancer formed in plasma cells, a type of white blood cells formed in bone marrow.

Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

It’s a group of diseases formed in the blood and the bone marrow.

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

It refers to the certain types of cancers that begin with an abnormal change in a stem cell present in the bone marrow. If it develops further, it ends up causing serious problems.

What should be our goal?

Blood Cancer isn’t going to get cure by itself unless we support it all together. We can always do the following…

Donating to the Cause

It should be our foremost responsibility of donating for the cause. Donating to the fundraisers, charities, and organizations that are fighting against blood cancer will help us more.

Encourage Blood Donation

Blood cancers like MDS deteriorate the workforce of plasma cells and further require the patients to receive the regular blood transfusion.

• You can also become a volunteer and help in spreading the word and advocating for the patients.

• You can also become a volunteer and help in spreading the word and advocating for the patients.

Some Important Facts

• Blood Cancer is the third leading cause of deaths in the US.

• Every two to three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer in the US. Same happens in the UK every 10 to 15 minutes.

• More than 1.3 million people are living with some form of blood cancer.

• Leukemia and Lymphoma society have invested more than 1.2 billion dollars in the groundbreaking research.

• India stands third with respect to highest number of blood cancer patients in the world.

Blood cancer is not just your regular disease which goes by and comes by. It is a serious illness which requires a fight till the end.

Reference:

http://www.lls.org/blood-cancer-awareness-month