World Lymphoma Awareness Day – 15 September 2013 | Leukaemia Foundation

World Lymphoma Awareness Day – 15 September 2013

Wednesday, 02 April 2014


The incidence of lymphoma ranks as one of the fastest growing cancers in Australia and this year more than 5,000 Australians will be diagnosed with the blood cancer.

World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD) is a global event held on September 15 each year to improve awareness and educate the community about this disease.

Initiated by the International Lymphoma Coalition in 2004, WLAD is now an established date on the Australian health calendar.

In the Cancer Australia National Audit of Cancer Research Projects and Research Programs 2003 – 2005, lymphoma was the 6th most commonly occurring cancer, the 7th cause of cancer death and was 20th for the amount of money spent on medical research.

The Foundation’s National Lymphoma Coordinator, Tracey Dryden said WLAD provides a focus for doctors, nurses, patient support groups, people with lymphoma and their families, to join forces in a united campaign to inform the public about lymphoma, its signs and symptoms, and how it affects more than one million people around the world including 20,000 Australians.

A new DVD on blood cancer called Understanding Lymphoma: a guide for people with lymphoma, families and friends will be launched as part of WLAD.

This DVD provides up-to-date information on lymphoma, its diagnosis and treatment, living well after receiving a lymphoma diagnosis and includes the real life experiences of people who share their lymphoma journeys.

For more information about the Leukaemia Foundation’s Lymphoma Support Groups and other support services call 1800 620 420.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation that does not receive any ongoing government funding and relies on the support of individuals, sponsors and business partners to provide vital care for patients and families.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and blood related disorders.

Media Contact:
Jason Davidson, Senior Communications Officer
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