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About Blood Cancer

About Blood Cancer


  • Blood cancer is an umbrella term for cancers that affect the blood, bone marrow, and lymphatic system1. Most types of blood cancer are rare, life threatening conditions2 with small patient populations put together they make up 7% of all cancers3

    • Over 900,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with blood cancer every year,3 yet many people remain unaware of these serious, often incurable diseases.


  • Because of the disparate nature of blood cancer, despite the severity these are often conditions that most of us are unaware of. Blood cancer has no visibility

    • There are approximately 140 different types of blood cancer - the main types being leukaemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.4

    • Due to the complex, often rare nature of blood cancer, patients may at times feel overlooked and can have difficulty accessing the right support and information.


  1. Anthony Nolan. What is blood cancer? Available at: Last accessed July 2015

  2. Anthony Nolan. Facts and stats. Available at: Last accessed July 2015.

  3. World Cancer Research Fund International. Worldwide data. Available at: Last accessed July 2015.

  4. Leukaemia CARE. About Blood Cancer. Available at: Last accessed July 2015.