World Leukemia Day
September 4th is World Leukemia Day.
What is World Leukemia Day?
An annual global campaign coordinated with patient groups around the world is held on September 4th to raise awareness of leukemia.
During this day, people from all over the world unite to raise awareness about leukemia. Increasing awareness of leukemia and educating the world on the symptoms can help leukemia patients get diagnosed and have better outcomes. Regardless of where you live or who you are, everyone can make a difference.
A leukemia diagnosis is the 13th most common cancer diagnosis worldwide. Leukemia affects over 437,000 people annually, or more than 1000 people every day. Nevertheless, it is difficult to diagnose due to the non-specific signs and symptoms. Every year, more than 300,000 people die from leukemia.
Because of the high rate of emergency diagnosis, ALAN, CLLAN, and CMLAN believe the campaign will improve leukemia survival rates compared to most common cancers.
Since few years, CML Advocates Network, Acute Leukemia Advocates Network, CLL Advocates Network and Leukaemia Care focus on continuing raising awareness about (acute) leukemia and symptoms awareness with a focus on the importance of early diagnosis.
We propose to continue the #BeLeukemiaAware campaign all year, but with a particular focus on Blood Cancer Awareness Month in September and World Leukemia Day on 4th September.
- By raising awareness of leukemia and educating the world on the signs and symptoms of this condition, we can work together to help leukemia patients get diagnosed and provide better outcomes for them. You can make a difference no matter who you are and where you live.
- Encourage people to get seen by a healthcare professional – This will help reduce the numbers of preventable leukemia deaths across the world and provide patients with greater outcomes.
- Healthcare professionals have to be trained to better manage and address potential patients and new diagnosed patients