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Facts and Information


  1. Every 14 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  2. Blood cancer is the third most fatal cancer, claiming more than 15,000 lives each year - more than breast or prostate cancer. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  3. There are around 240,000 people living with blood cancer in the UK. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  4. In the UK, blood cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in adults and the most common amongst children, teenagers and young people. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  5. Every year in the UK, around 40,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer. (APPG on Blood Cancer, 2018)

  6. For every 7 cases of cancer that a GP sees each year, one will be blood cancer. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  7. In the UK, 1 in 16 men and 1 in 22 women will develop blood cancer at some point in their lives. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  8. Sometimes, the type of blood cancer a person has can change as cancer develops. For example, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) can turn into acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). (Bloodwise, 2014)

  9. Many blood cancers are chronic and can’t be cured. (APPG on Blood Cancer, 2018)

  10. Symptoms of blood cancer can be very similar to the symptoms of feeling generally run down – so are often overlooked. (APPG on Blood Cancer, 2018)

  11. Less than two thirds (60%) of blood cancer patients feel they understand their diagnosis. (APPG on Blood Cancer, 2018)

  12. 6 in 10 people diagnosed with blood cancer in the UK survive for 10 or more years. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  13. There are over 100 different types of blood cancer, including diseases like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  14. 3 out of every 10 blood cancer cases in England are diagnosed after presenting to the NHS as an emergency. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  15. Data reporting is often broken down by specific blood cancer, creating a challenge for these patients to be considered as a single cohort that require specific provision in cancer planning.

  16. Unlike treatment of solid tumour cancers, blood cancers are often not treatable using surgery or radiotherapy. (APPG on Blood Cancer, 2018)

  17. 1 in 3 people diagnosed with blood cancer had to see their GP 3 or more times before being referred (compared to only 1 in 16 people with breast cancer). (Bloodwise, 2014)

  18. 1 in 10 patients aren’t given the name of a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) to support them through treatment. (Bloodwise, 2014)

  19. Between April 2013 and March 2015, 51% of patients accessed drugs that were appraised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) but not recommended for routine NHS commissioning because they did not meet its clinical and/or cost-effectiveness thresholds. (House of Commons Library, 2016)

  20. Just 26% of MPs know ‘quite a lot’ or ‘a great deal’ about blood cancer. (YouGov, 2018)


  • Bloodwise (2014). Facts and information about blood cancer. [online]. (Last updated 18 August 2014). Available at: [Accessed 18 January 2019].

  • House of Commons Library. (2016). ‘Debate Pack: Blood Cancers and the Cancer Drug Fund’. London: House of Commons Library.

  • APPG on Blood Cancer. (2018). ‘The Hidden Cancer: The Need to Improve Blood Cancer Care’. London: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer.

  • YouGov. (2018). ‘Blood Cancer: MPs Survey’. London: YouGov.