September marks Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
There are many different types of cancer that can affect your blood, bone marrow or lymphatic system. Blood cancer is usually caused by changes in the DNA within blood cells which causes the blood to start behaving abnormally.
Leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma are some of the most common types of blood cancer.
Over 40,000 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer each year in the UK and over 250,000 people are currently living with blood cancer.
There is no exact reason why someone may develop blood cancer, however the following can affect your risk:
- Family history
- Radiation or chemical exposure
- Some health conditions and treatments
People with blood cancer may experience a range of symptoms which could include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained bruising or bleeding
- Lumps of swelling
- Drenching night sweats
- Unexplained fevers (37.5°C or above)
- Persistent, recurrent or severe infections
- Unexplained rash or itchy skin
- Pain in your bones, joints or abdomen
- Tiredness that doesn’t improve with sleep or rest
- Paleness under your lower eyelid where it looks white rather than pink
Pall Mall offers private GP appointments that are readily available to all members of the public, on a self-paying basis or by using private medical insurance. Book an appointment today via our website or by calling us on 0161 394 0319.