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MPN Blood Cancer Awareness Month

10 Year Anniversary – Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2020

by Lou Ann Donovan

National Blood Cancer Awareness Month was designated in September 2010 by the U.S. Congress.  The purpose of Blood Cancer Awareness Month is to bring attention to all blood cancers, including chronic blood cancers known as Myeloproliferative Neoplasms or MPNs.  Every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

MPNs are a group of blood cancers that are not widely known.  They include:

Polycythemia Vera (PV)

Myelofibrosis (MF)

Essential Thrombocythemia (ET)

Help us continue to raise awareness of these chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN) blood cancers, September 10th is MPN Awareness Day.

MPN Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Blood Cancer Patients Can Be Your Own Health Advocate

Be proactive and be your own health advocate by asking questions from your healthcare team, get annual screenings and CBCs, and maintain records of your lab work and appointment discussions. Early detection is key to reduce your risk of other cancers.

Get screened by detecting disease in its early stages when it’s easier to treat.

CBC is a complete blood count, specifically a group of tests that evaluate the cells that circulate in blood to include red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets (PLTs).  A CBC can evaluate your overall health and detect a variety of diseases and conditions, such as infections, anemia and leukemia.

Know your family history for an inherited predisposition so you can personally take preventive measures.  Talk to your healthcare provider for your personal recommended screenings including genetic testing.

As September brings attention to blood cancers, MPN Cancer Connection is committed to increasing public awareness and understanding of MPNs, myeloproliferative neoplasms.  If you are a fellow patient, feel free to share this article on your social media pages or cut and paste the paragraph below:

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms are uncommon blood cancers that occur when the body makes too many white or red blood cells, platelets, or scar tissue forms in the bone marrow.
MPNs include:
Polycythemia Vera (PV)
Essential Thrombocythemia (ET)
Myelofibrosis (MF)
Symptoms may include (here’s a few):
Bone, joint pain
Problems concentrating
Shortness of breath
Night sweats
Chest pain
Enlarged spleen
❤ PLEASE SHARE and Raise Awareness of MPN Blood Cancers, thank you. 🎗

This article is Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb and Incyte Corporation.  MPN Cancer Connection has complete independence in content creation.


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