Today, ‘Get to know cancer’ is joined by one of its charity partners, Anthony Nolan - a blood cancer charity which aims to save lives by matching people willing to donate bone marrow to patients in need of a transplant – to educate fans about the symptoms of blood cancer.
Volunteers from ‘Get to know cancer’ and Anthony Nolan will be handing out potentially life-saving information about the tell-tale signs of cancer, and offering health checks and advice on Spurs Square.
If you have noticed any unexplained changes in your health, make sure you drop by the stall and remember, cancer ‘is treatable, even beatable’ if detected early.
Mike,29, was loving life; he had recently proposed to his girlfriend, completed his master’s degree and was just about to get a new job. However, Mike had been feeling tired for weeks and had been getting nightsweats, but delayed going to the doctor as he wasn’t registered.
When he did go to a doctor he was given blood tests, and just four hours later, he received the news that he had a type of blood cancer called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).
Mike has since undergone rounds of chemotherapy but now urgently needs a stem cell transplant by the end of June to give him the best chance of survival. Mike has turned to the Anthony Nolan register in the hope of finding a donor after none of his three brothers were a donor match.
Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer and around 1,800 people in the UK need a bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant each year. More young men aged 16-30 are urgently needed to sign up to the donor register as they are most likely to be chosen to donate, but currently make up just 12 per cent of the register.
Raising the awareness of early diagnosis of cancer through the ‘Get to know cancer’ campaign is crucial in improving the chances of being treated successfully and saving more lives from cancer.
To join the donor register and for more information about Anthony Nolan please visit www.anthonynolan.org. For more information about ‘Get to know cancer’ please visit www.gettoknowcancer.org or follow on twitter @gettoknowcancer