5th Jul, 2022

Spot Leukaemia - Coventry landmarks to be lit up red to raise awareness

LANDMARKS in Coventry will be among 28 in the UK to be lit up red to help raise awareness of Leukaemia.

Greyfriars Green, Whittle Arch and the Lady Godiva Statue will be illuminated on Saturday to mark World Leukaemia Day.

The move is part of national blood charity Leukaemia Care’s awareness campaign.

Spot Leukaemia is aimed at ensuring people know the signs and symptoms of the disease which 28 people are diagnosed with every day in the UK.

Leukaemia is a form of blood cancer and has a significantly higher rate of emergency diagnosis (averaging at 42 per cent) than the overall cancer average (21).

Emergency diagnosis is associated with a reduced prospect of survival and there are nearly 5,000 deaths attributed to leukaemia every two years.

The six most common symptoms of leukaemia are fatigue, feeling weak or breathless, fever, bruising or bleeding, repeated infections, and joint or bone bain.

World Leukaemia Day (WLD) takes place every September 4 for patients, charities and healthcare professionals to raise awareness and share stories of their experience of blood cancer.

Leukaemia Care’s CEO, Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, said he was delighted the three Coventry buildings were part of the campaign.

“Leukaemia can be hard to spot because the signs and symptoms are common to other unrelated illnesses. Early diagnosis saves lives.”

Visit www.spotleukaemia.org.uk for more on the #SpotLeukaemia campaign.

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