In honor of World Blood Cancer Day 2017, DKMS have sponsored a short but informative animation video on the topic ‘What is blood cancer?’ The video takes a medical approach to demonstrate how blood cancer develops in the human body and clarify what exactly is meant by the term ‘blood cancer.’ This is an important step in raising awareness of the effects of blood cancer and the importance of stem cell donation, and is useful for any supporters of WBCD.
Diagnosis: blood cancer.
Every 35 seconds, someone somewhere in the world receives the shattering news that they have been diagnosed with blood cancer. Many patients are children and young people.
What is blood cancer?
Blood cancer refers to defects which stop the normal blood cell processes of maturation and natural cell death. These dysfunctional blood cells are called cancer cells. They enter the bloodstream and multiply uncontrollably, crowding out the healthy cells. The blood can no longer fulfill its tasks, such as oxygen transportation and the defense against germs.
“Blood cancer” is therefore a general description for various diseases of the blood-forming system, such as leukemia, multiple myeloma and malignant lymphoma.
But there’s hope!
Cancer patients who suffer from diseases of the blood-forming system can be treated with a stem cell transplant from a healthy, matching donor. The transplant of healthy stem cells helps the patient’s bone marrow to regenerate and to start forming healthy blood cells again. For many blood cancer patients, a stem cell transplant is the only chance of survival.
World Blood Cancer Day
On WBCD, people from all over the world show solidarity with blood cancer patients. DKMS launched World Blood Cancer Day in 2014 as an independent awareness day for the issue of blood cancer. Every year on May 28, people from across the globe join together to raise awareness and support.
A symbol circles the globe
The red “&” sign, or ampersand, is the symbol of World Blood Cancer Day, signaling the fight against blood cancer and solidarity with blood cancer patients. The red “&” means that you & I together can defeat blood cancer. The sign connects people – patients with their families, with friends, or with stem cell donors – and therefore stands for community and solidarity. On May 28, the “&” sign will be on display everywhere, connecting people with their commitment to patients. The universal call to action is: Make your mark!