Janssen launches campaign to raise awareness of blood cancers

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Janssen has launched the ‘Make Blood Cancer Visible’ campaign to bring attention to blood cancer across the UK during blood cancer awareness month.

The campaign sees Janssen and nine blood cancer patient support groups join forces for the first time as part of Janssen’s commitment to raising awareness of blood cancer, supporting patients with the condition and their families.

As part of the campaign, Janssen commissioned designer Paul Cocksedge to create an installation that gathers 104 giant three-dimensional names in Paternoster Square, London for the public to visit until 30 September.

The installation represents the 104 individuals that are diagnosed with blood cancer every day, making their experiences visible by sharing their individual stories. Each sculpture is the real name of someone who has been diagnosed with a blood cancer, and is sized to exactly match their height. The names are arranged to reflect the patterns that occur when people gather in crowds, and set in a recurring typeface intended to emphasise their shared experiences. 

Results of a public and a patient survey were also announced to coincide with the launch of the campaign.

According to the Make Blood Cancer Visible public survey implemented by YouGov and funded by Janssen, only one in 10 people are aware that there are over 100 different types of blood cancers. In addition, only 12% of people selected blood cancer as one of the top five most commonly diagnosed types of cancer. 30% incorrectly thought that vomiting, nausea, double vision and/or headaches were the most common warning signs of blood cancer.

The patient survey, carried out by Leukaemia CARE, reveals that before diagnosis, 80% of those surveyed did not think their symptoms would turn out to be blood cancer. 38% of those surveyed admitted that they had never heard of their specific type of blood cancer before their diagnosis, and knew nothing about it. 

Dr Rozlyn Bekker, Business Unit Director, Oncology and Haematology, Janssen UK, said: “Janssen is dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of patients diagnosed with blood cancer. Helping to raise awareness of these types of cancers and working with healthcare professionals and patient support groups to bring about a better understanding of haematological malignancies is an important part of this. We hope that this campaign will help to give a voice to patients living with blood cancer.”

Diana Jupp, Director of Patient Experience, Bloodwise, said: “Despite 230,000 people being affected by blood cancer across the UK, it is still a much-misunderstood and little-known disease area. We know that low awareness can lead to late diagnosis and can make it hard for people to find the information and support they need, leading to a greater sense of isolation. We are therefore delighted to be a part of this exciting campaign helping to raise awareness of blood cancer throughout this September and it’s great to see so many patient support groups join forces to all do their bit to make blood cancer visible.”