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Crawley residents encouraged to learn the symptoms of leukaemia this September

Members of the public in Crawley are being encouraged to learn the
symptoms of leukaemia during Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) which takes place throughout September.

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Leukaemia Care, a national blood cancer charity, is attempting to raise awareness of the disease, as well as its signs and symptoms, as part of their Spot Leukaemia campaign.

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In 2015, 9,900 people were diagnosed with Leukaemia. That is 27 people each day.

Leukaemia is a form of blood cancer. Blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK today and is the third biggest cancer killer. 

Leukaemia can be hard to spot because the signs and symptoms are common to other unrelated illnesses.

The six most common symptoms experienced by all leukaemia patients prior to diagnosis are:

  • Fatigue
  • Bruising or bleeding
  • Bone/Joint pain
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Sleeping problems
  • Shortness of breath

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of what leukaemia is, the symptoms to spot and who can be affected by leukaemia. The charity wants to equip people to spot the signs and symptoms of leukaemia and urge them to visit their GP if they have any concerns. Early diagnosis saves lives and improves outcomes.

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Leukaemia Care is giving away free magnets, pens and symptoms cards to raise awareness of the types of leukaemia and to empower people to visit their GP if they feel worried. They are also encouraging members of the public to take a new free leukaemia awareness course where members of the public can earn a certificate on their knowledge of leukaemia. 

Symptoms cards as well as more information about the campaign and awareness course can be found at www.spotleukaemia.co.uk

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Fancy being a Governor for the local NHS?

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is looking to recruit local people to join its Council of Governors.

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Governors play an important role in the work of the Trust and can make a real difference.

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In the Adur district (including Lancing, Shoreham-By-Sea and Southwick) there is one Governor seat up for election.

In the Crawley district there is one Governor seat up for election.

Peter Horn, Chair of SCFT, said:

“Our governors play a vital role in shaping the future of community services across Sussex, they help us to understand the needs of the local population and give voice to the communities that we serve.

“They come from all walks of life, with a wide variety of skills and experience. So if you are passionate about the NHS and want to help plot its course over the coming years, then you could be just the sort of person we are looking for.

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The Trust provides a range of community services in people own homes, in clinics, GP surgeries and hospitals across Sussex.

If you are passionate about the health and wellbeing of people and would like to help shape the future direction of the Trust, please visit the website for full details: http://bit.ly/scftelection20 or call 01273 696011 ext. 1520.

Applications close 5pm on Monday 20 January.

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