Lighting up for blood cancer awareness

McCaig's Tower was lit red on Wednesday September 1 in aid of Blood Cancer awareness month. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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This month is Blood Cancer Awareness month, a long-established international initiative.

And last night Oban got involved, with McCaig’s tower being lit up red in support of the campaign, which is being backed by Scottish Fire and Rescue.

More than a million people are diagnosed with blood cancer around the world every year and around 700,000 die from it. But not enough people know what blood cancer is. So this year blood cancer charities from five countries across the world are joining forces to raise their collective voice and put blood cancer front and centre on the world map.

Blood Cancer UK wants to amplify the impact of blood cancer on people across the UK and that’s why it invited buildings across the UK to join it – and its global partners – in building awareness of blood cancer by lighting up red last night, Wednesday September 1.

Why this is so important

Blood cancer is the fifth most common form of cancer in the UK and the third biggest
cancer killer. On average someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every 12 minutes and 40 people die from it every day. Yet 84 per cent of the general population struggle to name a single symptom.

That’s why it is important to raise awareness of blood cancer and how to spot it so that people can get diagnosed quicker. Because the sooner they’re diagnosed, the greater their chances of survival.

What your support would mean

In lighting up red for the start of blood cancer awareness month, Oban joined famous monuments around the world in helping to raise awareness of blood cancer. And the more awareness raised, the more people can helped sooner and the more lives saved.

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