Be Blood Cancer Aware this September

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and we have launched a campaign to ensure that the public are aware of the signs and symptoms of these potentially fatal illnesses.

Blood Cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the UK by diagnosis and the 3rd most fatal. Approximately 1200 new patients are diagnosed in NI each year and this number is expected to rise as the disease is becoming more common in developed countries.

We are asking supporters to “Snap & Share, Be Blood Cancer Aware” when you see our banners out and about throughout the province this month. By highlighting the notoriously vague symptoms of these illnesses we hope that the public will be more aware and seek the urgent advice of their GP or a medical professional.

Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Night Sweats
  • Unusual Lumps
  • Recurring Infections
  • Bruising/Bleeding
  • Bone Pain

Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI has been the only charity dedicated to blood cancer in Northern Ireland for 57 years, our mission is to improve outcomes and quality of life for blood cancer patients by funding laboratory research, education and clinical support.

LLNI has invested over £14 million pounds into blood cancer research in Northern Ireland and we pride ourselves on being a small but efficient organisation funding research that has a global impact.

Chairman Richard Buchanan said “This campaign is a great opportunity to educate the public on what sort of symptoms to look out for with this dangerous disease. Research has made significant progress in improving outcomes for this patient group but there is still more work to be done. We are dedicated to funding research and clinical support which will have the biggest impact for patients in NI and further afield.”

The work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI would not be possible without the ongoing support of the public, we rely entirely on donations to fund our research which looks at developing and improving therapies for patients.

Patron Ken Reid said “The development of new and improved treatments for blood cancer has provided hope for patients like me. Receiving a diagnosis of leukaemia left me expecting the worst but I have been lucky enough to take part in a clinical trial which has kept me alive and able to live in relative normality. Without charities like LLNI funding this research, these clinical trials would not exist.”

Like many charities, Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI has suffered greatly with the impact of covid in the last eighteen months. Restrictions put a halt to many of the fundraising events organised by the charity and our supporters but we hope to see a period of recovery now that restrictions have eased.

All funds donated remain in Northern Ireland to fund projects here.

You can support Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI this Blood Cancer Awareness Month by snapping and sharing our awareness campaign on social media and tagging Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI online.

Operations Manager Joanne Badger said “Our mission this month is to make as many people as possible aware of the signs and symptoms of this dangerous disease. Whilst it can affect patients at any age, it is the most common cancer for those under 30 so we wanted a campaign that would educate this group. Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms listed should contact their GP for a blood test immediately or present to emergency care.”

You can mark Blood Cancer Awareness month and show your support for patients your own way:

  • Make a donation
  • Host a fundraising event
  • Make an appointment to donate blood
  • Register to join the stem cell donor register
  • Continue to wear a mask in public spaces

For more information on any of the above, you can email us on or PM us via our social media channels.

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