Blood cancer is the 3rd biggest cancer killer and 5th most common in the UK. Every 14 minutes, someone is told they have blood cancer. That is 104 people each day. There are three main types of blood cancer; leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. There are several charities which are solely focused on researching blood cancers, some of the more well known are The Anthony Nolan Foundation and Bloodwise.
Leukaemias are cancers that affect your blood cells, mainly your white blood cells and bone marrow. These cells often divide too quickly and don’t develop properly, which compromises your immune system and ability to fight infections. They are four main types of leukemia:
Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects your lymphatic system, an important part of your immune system that produces and transports white blood cells around your body. There are two main types; Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Myeloma is a blood cancer that affects a certain type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. These cells are made in your bone marrow and produce antibodies which help fight infection.