Crawley MP and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer Chair Henry Smith has given his support to a new campaign highlighting the symptoms of leukaemia.
The Spot Leukaemia campaign aims to raise awareness of the most common signs of symptoms of the blood cancer which include fatigue, bleeding or bruising and shortness of breath.
“As Chair of the APPG on Blood Cancer I pay tribute to Leukaemia Care for organising the Spot Leukaemia campaign. This sadly all too prevalent condition needs greater public, professional and government understanding.
“I’m asking Crawley to go spotty this September, to better help those affected and their families in the future.”
Crawley Town FC have made Leukaemia Care their charity of the day for the League Two match against Notts County at the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Saturday 16th September at 3pm.
“I’m pleased that our community will be playing its part to highlight this issue. Crawley Town are to be commended for raising awareness of the symptoms of leukaemia and I encourage fans of both the Reds and the Magpies to donate generously on Saturday.”
Leukaemia Care have stated that the six most common symptoms are
· Shortness of breath
· Fever and night sweats
· Bruising or bleeding
· Joint or bone pain
· Sleeping problems
The leukaemia patient experience survey was also unveiled at the campaign’s launch earlier this month, and detailed the findings of over 2,000 leukaemia patients.
The findings of the survey will now be used to enhance the services offered by Leukaemia Care, as well as forming the key issues for future leukaemia campaigning
Approximately 9,500 people are diagnosed with leukaemia each year. Many people believe that leukaemia is a childhood illness, while figures actually reveal that many more adults than children are diagnosed with the blood cancer each year.
Symptoms of leukaemia can be vague and hard to spot, so the campaign aims to drive awareness of clusters of symptoms which may lead someone to go to their GP.
Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, Head of Campaigning & Advocacy for Leukaemia Care, commented;
“It is vitally important to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of Leukaemia. Early diagnosis saves lives.
“In August, we sent out 10,000 packs to GPs to help raise awareness from a clinical perspective and now we are encouraging the general public to raise their own knowledge. We know that if more people know how to Spot Leukaemia then patients will have better outcomes.”
To support the Spot Leukaemia campaign and to order free awareness ribbons, visit: www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/spot-leukaemia
Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’
Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.
Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.
A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:
“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”
A further update will be issued later today.
The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.
If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.
WSCC have offered some general advice including:
• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.
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