September 15th is World Lymphoma Awareness Day: Spreading Blood Cancer Awareness

September 15th, 2020 is recognized as World Lymphoma Awareness Day. This day is dedicated to spreading awareness about lymphoma and falls in the context of Blood Cancer Awareness Month, which encompasses a broader range of blood malignancies. These events aim to help spread awareness about these often deadly diseases among the general public and in the medical community. 

A Unique Challenge

Blood cancers like lymphoma present a unique host of challenges to both patients and doctors that other diseases and cancers do not; as a result, they must be treated in different ways on a case by case basis. Often, a team of multidisciplinary professionals and experts are required to successfully treat lymphoma and other blood cancers. An estimated 735,000 people are diagnosed with lymphoma every year.

A World of Thanks

The theme for this year’s World Lymphoma Awareness Day is “A World of Thanks.” This theme focuses on expressing gratitude to all of the doctors and caregivers that strive every day to take care of people that are living with lymphoma. The Lymphoma Coalition has compiled a list of social media templates that give thanks to caregivers, patient groups, nurses, physicians, researchers, and many of the other professionals that help the lymphoma community. These templates have been created in a variety of languages, making them suitable for an international audience. You can find them here.

Don’t forget to share these on your social media platforms using the hashtag #WLAD2020.

Blood cancers and lymphoma come in a wide variety of forms and variants. In fact, there are over 80 sub-variants of lymphoma alone. With all of these different variants impacting thousands of people around the world, there are a wide variety of patient organizations to match them.

Many of these organizations offer vital support to their patient communities and have played a pivotal role in making progress in treatment. Contributing to these organizations is a great way to help give back on World Lymphoma Awareness Day. Some groups that you should know about include:

International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF)

The MDS Foundation

The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

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