Can you #SpotLeukaemia?
03 September 2019
This September, the Spot Leukaemia campaign is helping people to recognise the signs and symptoms of leukaemia.
Leukaemia is a blood cancer that can affect people of all ages.
It is most common in adults over the age of 65 years old, but there are around 3,300 children, teenagers and adults under the age of 65 years old diagnosed each year.
The signs and symptoms of leukaemia are often associated with those of unrelated, but common, illnesses. This can make leukaemia difficult to spot.
The most common symptoms in all ages are:
- Feeling weak or breathless
- Fever or night sweats
- Easily bruising or bleeding
- Pain in bones or joints
- Frequent infections
Ensuring that you can spot the signs and symptoms of leukaemia can help diagnose leukaemia early. Early diagnosis saves lives.
Remember, a simple blood test is all that is required to either rule out, or diagnose, a blood cancer. If you are concerned about spotting the signs and symptoms, visit your GP and request a blood test.
To find out more about Spot Leukaemia and support the campaign, visit www.spotleukaemia.org.uk