Today we are sending informational notes and requests for small donations to our neighbors for The Leukemia Lymphoma Society. We are also sending in the organization's 'goal' for us - a check, as people just do not respond well to such mailers any more. Long ago, our mother used to walk the neighborhoods for so many charitable organizations, seeking monetary support and educating everyone as she sweetly visited with each. That really worked much better.
But at least if the people open their envelopes, they will see helpful tips on Blood Cancers, how to recognize symptoms, possible causes and how to get help for themselves or a loved one. From the informational mailer, here are the potential signs and symptoms of Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and other blood cancers. The symptoms can result from several medical conditions, but if any are present, unexplained or persistent, please discuss them with your doctor:
Possible Causes ~
Pain in joints or bones
Unexplained back or bone pain
Swelling of lymph nodes
Leukemia strikes males and females of all ages. The cause of most cases of leukemia is not known. Extraordinary doses of radiation and certain cancer therapies are possible causes. Repeated exposure to the chemical benzene may case Acute Myelogenoius Leukemia. Automobile exhaust and industrial emissions account for about 20% of the total national benzene exposure About half of US benzene exposure results from tobacco or exposure to tobacco smole. The average smoker is exposed to about 10 times the daily intake of benzene compared to nonsmokers.
For more details and resources, please vistit LLS.org
Sadly here are some people featured on their web page
who have contracted a blood cancer disorder. Happily most are Survivors:
So please just do a quick check on yourself or a loved one to see if any of these medical conditions should be discussed with your family physician. Then if you would like to support the LLS's research and education, you may do so at this site: LLS Donations