September 2023 is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

The MDS Alliance is raising awareness of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a rare group of blood cancers. This year's campaign targets patients, healthcare professionals, and the general public and aims to highlight awareness about; MDS symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options, and self-management of the disease.

About Myelodysplastic Syndromes

For more detailed information, explanations, videos or to download our patient handbook 'Understanding Myelodysplastic Syndromes', see What is MDS?
The cause of MDS remains largely unknown although there are many research groups around the world who are trying to improve our understanding of why it occurs and in whom.

What are the symptoms of MDS?

If you spot the symptoms of MDS, take next actions quickly. 

MDS is difficult to diagnose so by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms and taking action to get a blood test, the campaign aims to improve diagnosis.  As with all cancers, fast action enables faster diagnosis and better treatment. For more see MDS Symptoms

If you notice the signs or symptoms above, Get a #BloodCount

If you feel you have the symptoms outlined above, you can get a very simple bloodtest at your local GP called a full or complete bloodcount.

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) is a very common blood test that is often part of a routine checkup. The test counts the cells that make up your blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets and the results can determine if further investigation into MDS is required. If you see the signs and symptoms, get a complete #BloodCount


Complete Blood Count test

How is MDS diagnosed?

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For more see MDS Diagnosis

How is MDS treated?

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For more see MDS Treatments

How can others support people with MDS?

The NHS Blood Donation website  explains how to become a blood donor; where you can give blood, about the donation process, and how to make an appointment. It's such a worthwhile thing to do, and really does save and improve lives.

Visit the Anthony Nolan website to find out more about how to donate bone marrow, and how to join the stem cell register (it’s easy!)

Download a brochure about MDS

Download brochure about MDS

For more information, download the A5 brochure about MDS from the MDS Alliance.

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