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Blood Cancer Awareness Month

You may or may not be aware, but this month is blood cancer awareness month. In light of this, the Medical Negligence team at Bridge McFarland LLP would like to share information about blood cancer to increase awareness of the condition and what symptoms to look out for.

Blood cancer UK report that blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with over 41,000 people being diagnosed with it every year. It is also regarded as the most common type of childhood cancer with more than 500 children under the age of 15 being diagnosed every year.  

What is blood cancer? 

Blood cancer affects the production and function of blood cells. There are more than 100 different types of blood cancer but there are three main groups including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. These subcategorise into further different types . These can be found on the Cancer Research and Blood Cancer UK website. 

What symptoms should I look out for? 

Blood Cancer UK  advise symptoms can depend on the type of blood cancer you suffer but can include the following: 

– Weight loss that is unexplained 
– Bruising or bleeding that is unexplained 
– Lumps or swellings 
– Shortness of breath 
– Drenching night sweats 
– Infections that are persistent, recurrent or severe 
– Fever of 38oc or above that is unexplained 
– Rash or itchy skin that is unexplained 
– Pain in your bones, joints or stomach area 
– Tiredness that does not improve with rest or sleep 
– Paleness 

They advise that whilst these can all be symptoms, it is not indicative that you absolutely have blood cancer and other conditions can present with the above symptoms. 

What should I do if I feel I have these symptoms? 

Should you suffer from one or a number of the above, Blood Cancer UK advise you contact your GP for further advice.  If you suddenly feel very unwell at any time, they suggest you get medical help straight away by either going to A&E or calling 999. 

Sometimes things go wrong including a delay in diagnosis of cancer which may lead to harm which could have been avoided. Bridge McFarland LLP’s medical negligence team assist on a variety of delay in diagnosis cases. If you consider there has been a delay in your diagnosis, please get in touch with our team. 

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https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/blood-cancers

https://bloodcancer.org.uk/understanding-blood-cancer/blood-cancer-signs-symptoms/