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World Leukaemia Day… one simple action the Leukaemia Foundation wants all Aussies impacted by blood cancer to do

Monday, September 4, 2023

Monday, 4 September is World Leukaemia Day and the Leukaemia Foundation is urging all Australians impacted by the disease to do one simple action…reach out for support.

There are more than 5,200 Australians diagnosed with leukaemia each year[i], with this number set to more than double by 2035.

Seven in 10 people with a blood cancer like leukaemia will face emotional challenges, and almost 40% of them have a lot of questions or feel completely uncertain about their diagnosis.[ii] 

According to Leukaemia Foundation CEO Chris Tanti, more Australians than ever are experiencing the devastation of a leukaemia or another type of blood cancer diagnosis, with more support desperately required.

“A blood cancer diagnosis can be devastating, disruptive and an emotional rollercoaster, with many Australians thrust into lifesaving treatment within hours of diagnosis,” Mr Tanti said.

“The Leukaemia Foundation can offer these Australians access to life-changing, wraparound health services and support from the moment they are diagnosed, during treatment, and throughout their entire journey to remission and beyond.”

The introduction of Australia’s first and only dedicated blood cancer support line ensures that every person facing blood cancer can access specialised support and services in one simple step.

“The Leukaemia Foundation’s experienced blood cancer support professionals are only a phone call away.”

“We urge every single person impacted by leukaemia, or any type of blood cancer including myeloma and lymphoma, to not delay and pick up the phone and call us today.”

Whether you’re living with blood cancer, undergoing treatment, in remission, a carer, or grieving the loss of a loved one, the Leukaemia Foundation is available to guide you through the emotional, physical, and psychosocial challenges of blood cancer in a safe and supportive way.

Anyone impacted by blood cancer, at any age and stage, can contact Australia’s blood cancer support line Monday to Friday via calling 1800 620 420 or visit  


[ii]  Leukaemia Foundation, 2023, State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia 

Last updated on September 13th, 2023

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