September: Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month

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The Hospice Insider | September 26, 2016

One person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer — such as leukemia or lymphoma — approximately every three minutes.

This month is time to increase public awareness and understanding of these diseases including their prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, resources that offer updated leukemia and lymphoma information and treatment options.

Both Leukemia and Lymphoma are hematologic malignancies, meaning that they involve the blood or bone marrow. There will be 44,790 new cases of leukemia and 21,870 deaths in 2009 according to The American Cancer Society (ACS). For lymphoma, the ACS estimates that 74,490 new cases and 20,790 deaths will occur in the United States in 2009.

Almost 250,000 people in the US have leukemia, and it’s the most common type of cancer in children. The two most prevalent types are acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). While the five-year survival rate is 57%, there’s still work to be done, particularly in acute cases that are more severe.

You can wear an orange ribbon in support of Leukemia and Lymphoma this month.

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Emily McMahon
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