By using this site you agree to our use of cookies Cookie policy Close

©Shutterstock \ r.classen

Over half of Brits don't know the symptoms of blood cancer

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Monday, 10th September 2018

Over half of Brits don't know the symptoms of blood cancer

Only one in 10 people are confident they know the common symptoms of blood cancer, despite it being one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the UK.

A YouGov poll of more than 2,000 British adults published last Tuesday revealed that just 1% of people are "very confident" they could identify common symptoms of blood cancer – with over half the population not knowing any symptoms at all.

The survey was commissioned to mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September.

Bloodwise is a charity partner in the nationwide 'Make Blood Cancer Visible' campaign, fronted by Dame Kelly Holmes who lost her mother to blood cancer last year.

When asked, more than 84% of people said they were "not very" or "not at all" confident in naming any symptoms.

Yet, one in 19 people will be diagnosed with blood cancer, the third biggest cause of cancer deaths, killing more people every year than either breast or prostate cancer.

When people were asked to spontaneously list what they thought were common symptoms of blood cancer, over half of respondents said they didn't know any.

Men were more likely to say they didn't know any symptoms (60%) in comparison to women (44%).

Yet, statistics show that men are much more likely to be diagnosed with blood cancer.

Blood cancer charity Bloodwise, which commissioned the survey, says that the results reveal the urgent to raise public awareness of blood cancers.

Sarah Porch, Head of Information and Support Services at Bloodwise, said: 'Symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss and night sweats can sometimes be dismissed or downplayed.

'It's very worrying that public awareness that these could be signs of blood cancer continues to be so low.

'Getting diagnosed early can improve the success of treatment for a number of types of blood cancer. If symptoms cannot be explained and are persistent, people should make an appointment with their GP to get it checked out.'

To find out more information about Bloodwise this Blood Cancer Awareness Month, you can visit their website.