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Blood Cancer Awareness Month: When and How is it Observed?

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and is observed every year

Early detection of blood cancer is essential for successful treatment and cure

Many activities are conducted during this month to create blood cancer awareness

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Bajaj Finserv Health
September 11th, 2021
5 mins read

Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases responsible for causing around 10 million deaths globally [1]. There are different types of cancer affecting various organs, one of them being blood cancer. Also known as hematologic cancer, it is most commonly seen in the bone marrow or lymphatic system. It involves an increase of abnormal blood cells, which interrupt the working of healthy blood cells. Consequently, your body is unable to fight infections by eliminating pathogens.

The most common types of blood cancers prevalent in India include myeloma, lymphoma, and leukemia. Lack of information and awareness about blood cancer poses the biggest challenge in today’s world. Blood cancer can be treated with chemotherapy and other methods. In some cases, a stem cell transplant may be able to do wonders.

To create awareness, September is considered to be the Blood Cancer Awareness Month. To know more about why Blood Cancer Month exists and various Blood Cancer Awareness Month activities you can participate in, read on.

Additional read: This World Blood Donor Day. Give Blood and Save Lives. Here’s Why and How

Tests and Procedures to detect blood cancer | Bajaj Finserv Health

What is the significance of Blood Cancer Awareness Month?

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, during which many communities and organizations work together to spread awareness about its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Detecting this condition right in its early stages is essential for better treatment and results.

Types of blood cancer common in India

When blood cancer affects your lymphatic system, it is called lymphoma. When blood cells begin to proliferate uncontrollably and become malignant, this blood cancer is called leukemia. Bone marrow is mostly the origin of leukemia. If the spread of cells is slow, it is known as chronic leukemia. However, in acute leukemia, cells begin to spread in a rapid phase [2].

Multiple myeloma originates in the bone marrow and occurs when there is an uncontrollable increase in the growth of plasma cells. Consequently, your immune system begins to weaken, which can lead to other health complications. Though lymphomas and leukemias are common among children and adults, myeloma occurs commonly in adults.

  • Watch out for these blood cancer symptoms
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Continuous chest pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes in areas such as groin, neck, and armpits
  • Profuse sweating at night
  • Skin rashes or itchiness
  • Increase of susceptibility to infections
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Treatment options

Blood cancer can be diagnosed by different tests and procedures. Blood tests, physical examination, examination of bone marrow, and CT scan are some of the routine tests for blood cancer detection.

If diagnosed in the early stages, treatment chances are better. Chemotherapy forms the key treatment for blood cancer. Another option is going for a stem cell transplant. However, the success of this technique depends on the severity of the condition and the health conditions of the donor. It is essential that the HLA or human leukocyte antigen of both the donor and the patient showed maximum similarity. Your immune system differentiates your own cells from foreign ones using these HLA proteins. In case of a slight difference, it can lead to rejections of donor cells.

Additional read: How to Deal with Chemo Side Effects? Important Tips to Follow

Blood Transfusions | Bajaj Finserv Health

Different activities conducted during blood cancer month, and World Blood Cancer Day

Red symbolizes blood. Many activities and campaigns are conducted during this month based on the ‘wear it red’ theme. Many symposiums and fundraising events are also organized to create awareness of blood cancer. You can take small steps in creating awareness by tagging your social media posts with the #FightBloodCancer tagline [3].

While September is observed as blood cancer month, the World Blood Cancer Day is observed on 28th May. This Blood Cancer Awareness Day 2021 focuses on seeking more stem cell donors and honor those registered as donors. In addition, World Blood Cancer Awareness Day also supports those diagnosed or suffering from blood cancer.

Blood cancer awareness is essential so you can understand more about this condition and its treatment options. By observing Blood Cancer Month, you will be able to provide needed information and support to your loved ones and encourage them to get regular tests done for a healthy life. Make sure you do the same for yourself and get frequent checkups. Book a complete blood test (CBC) at regular intervals with ease on Bajaj Finserv Health to take proactive steps for better health.

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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