MP backs blood cancer campaign

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East Falkirk MP Martyn Day is strongly supporting a campaign to raise awareness of blood cancer and put it at the heart

He attended an event organised by the blood cancer research charity Bloodwise at Westminster Hall this week, where the issues that face people with blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma were spelled out.

Blood cancers are the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK and the third biggest cause of cancer death in the UK, and over 40,000 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer or related blood disorder each year in the UK.

Mr Day said: “Despite being a common cancer killer, awareness of blood cancers among the general public and policy makers is low.

“It was really insightful to hear from people directly affected by blood cancers and to understand more about how care can be improved.”

Gemma Peters, CEO of Bloodwise said: ‘We are delighted that Martyn Day is supporting our campaign to raise awareness of blood cancer. As 1 in 19 are affected by blood cancer it is vital that blood cancer is central to the Government’s cancer plans going forward”.

For more information on blood cancers visit www.bloodwise.org.uk