LETTER: Giving blood necessary for cancer treatments

Roll up your sleeves regularly to support blood cancer patients in your community.

It takes 18 people donating blood monthly to treat just one person living with blood cancer. 

That is why this National Blood Donor Week, which runs all this week, the Leukaemia Foundation is challenging moreAustralians to step up and become a regular blood donor. 

More than 100,000 Australians are currently affected by blood cancer, including people in your local community, and many of these people require regular donated blood products to manage their cancer. 

What many people don’t realise is the sheer volume of blood needed to support blood cancer patients. 

More than a third of all blood donations (34 per cent) collected by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service go towards supporting cancer patients and people living with blood diseases. 

With 35 people every day diagnosed with a blood cancer in Australia and this number expected to increase to close to 50 people per day by 2025, we know more Australians will become critically reliant on blood products into the future. 

The need for blood products to support blood cancer patients doesn’t stop, so neither should blood donations, and that is why we are calling on more Australians to make blood donation part of a regular routine rather than a once-off exercise. 

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