Top 10 Cancer Stats (Regarding Blood)

With our new campaign being cancer focused, Indiana Blood Center would like to share with you top 10 cancer stats regarding blood. As some of you may know and as others will quickly find out, cancer and blood go hand-in-hand.

Top 10 Cancer Stats (Regarding Blood)

  1. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

  2. 25% of all blood products are used to treat cancer patients.

  3. Some cancers (especially digestive system cancers) can cause internal bleeding, which can lead to anemia (too few red blood cells). 

  4. Cancers that start in the bone marrow (such as leukemias) or cancers that spread there from other places may crowd out the normal blood-making cells, leading to low blood counts. 

  5. People who have had cancer for some time may develop what is known asanemia of chronic disease. This anemia results from certain long-term medical conditions that affect the production and lifespan of red blood cells.

  6. Cancer can also lower blood counts in other ways by affecting organs such as the kidneys and spleen, which are involved in keeping enough cells in the blood. Cancer treatments may also lead to the need for blood transfusions.

  7. Surgery to treat cancer is often a major operation, and blood loss may lead to a need for red blood cells or platelet transfusions. 

  8. Most chemotherapy drugs affect cells in the bone marrow. This commonly leads to low levels of white blood cells and platelets, which can sometimes put a person at risk for life-threatening infections or bleeding.

  9. When radiation is used to treat a large area of the bones, it can affect the bone marrow and lead to low blood cell counts.

  10. Bone marrow transplant (BMT) or peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSCT) patients get large doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. This destroys the blood-making cells in the bone marrow. These patients often have very low blood cell counts after the procedure and may need transfusions. 

I think it is safe to say we all know someone who is fighting cancer (or known someone who has battled cancer at some point). If I am correct, Raise Your Sleeve in honor of those people. Blood saves lives.

Make an appointment to donate blood today at DonorPoint.org and tomorrow… You’ll have someone’s undying gratitude.

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