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.


As in previous years, the campaign will continue to emphasize the importance of visiting the doctor when experiencing symptoms. It will also share knowledge about signs, symptoms, and early detection.

In addition, the website will offer content focused on patients, caregivers, the general public, and GPs.

Key Messages

  • Leukemia awareness and education are essential to helping leukemia patients get diagnosed and achieve a better outcome. Whoever you are and wherever you live, you can have a positive impact.
  • Advocate for people to see a healthcare professional – This will help reduce preventable leukemia deaths worldwide and improve patient outcomes.
  • Training is needed for healthcare professionals so they can address the needs of potential patients and patients who have just been diagnosed.


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With a focus on early diagnosis, Acute Leukemia Advocates Network, CML Advocates Network, CLL Advocates Network, and Leukaemia Care will continue their work in 2022 to raise awareness about (acute) leukemia and its symptoms.

On Friday 4th September 2022, patient groups from around the world will come together to raise awareness about leukemia. The following are some ways for you to get involved:

  1. Toolkit: ALAN Social Media Toolkit 22
  2. Materials for download and use: