Half of adults see no signs of blood cancer

Half of adults see no signs of blood cancer as experts warn some symptoms could be a mistake for Covid

  • Survey found mmore than half of adults can’t name signs of blood cancer
  • The charity Blood Cancer UK called lack of public awareness ‘extremely concerning’
  • Symptoms can vary and include persistent and unexplained fatigue


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More than half of adults can’t name any signs of blood cancer, according to a new study.

And a charity has warned that some symptoms could be mistaken for Covid.

The charity Blood Cancer UK said the lack of public awareness of the condition is “extremely concerning”.

It said symptoms can vary and are often very vague and include persistent and unexplained fatigue, unexplained weight loss and bone pain.

A poll of 2,035 Britons conducted by Blood Cancer UK found that 56 percent had no symptoms of blood cancer.  (Stock Image)

A poll of 2,035 Britons conducted by Blood Cancer UK found that 56 percent had no symptoms of blood cancer. (Stock Image)

A poll of 2,035 Britons found that 56 percent said they had no symptoms of blood cancer.

Kate Keightley, head of support services at the charity, urged anyone who believes they have persistent symptoms that cannot be explained to make an ‘urgent’ appointment with their GP.

More than 40,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer each year in the UK and more than 250,000 are currently living with the disease. About 15,000 people die each year from various forms of blood cancer.

The findings, which come a day before the start of Blood Cancer Awareness Month, showed that only 1 percent of those recently surveyed correctly identified a fever as a sign of the disease.

The charity said the lack of public awareness of the condition is “extremely concerning.” (Stock Image)

Shortness of breath was a symptom identified by only 3 percent, raising concerns from the charity that this sign, as well as fever and fatigue, could be confused with Covid-19 symptoms and go undiagnosed.

The organization said awareness of other symptoms was similar to 2018 levels.

Ms Keightley said: ‘Unfortunately, symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss and night sweats can sometimes be dismissed or downplayed and the result can be devastating.

“During the height of the pandemic, we saw far fewer people being diagnosed with blood cancers, and one of the reasons for this could be that some blood cancer symptoms are easily mistaken for Covid.

“It is extremely worrying that public awareness that these could be signs of blood cancer remains so low.”

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