The ‘Make Blood Cancer Visible’ campaign spearheaded by Dame Kelly Holmes ran through Blood Cancer Awareness month. Blood cancer kills 12500 people yearly and 52 in our own Greater Huddersfield. Blood cancer is the 5th most common cancer in England and the campaign has aimed to make sufferers and their families more visible to the public.
Dame Kelly shared her personal experience of losing her mother to blood cancer and aimed to push the campaign’s foremost aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of blood cancer. This is key because people can then flag symptoms to their GPs and reduce the waiting time of a diagnosis.
Throughout September, 14300 people showed their support by calling on the government to make commitments to a long term strategy for blood cancer treatment.
You can show your support by using the #makebloodcancervisible on Twitter or visiting the Make Blood Cancer Visible Facebook page where you can see personal images and stories of sufferers’ journeys. A number of short films including Dame Kelly’s story are available on www.makebloodcancervisible.co.uk