Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Survey Finds 'Alarming' Gap in Public Knowledge about Hematologic Cancers

“Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Survey Finds ‘Alarming’ Gap in Public Knowledge about Hematologic Cancers.” Oncology Times on Oct. 25, 2013.

A survey commissioned by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) found what it called an alarming gap in knowledge about hematologic cancers. Fewer than half (46%) of 1,007 adults polled in the survey knew that leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers are the third leading causes of cancer death in the U.S. (i.e., after lung cancer and other respiratory cancers, and colorectal and other GI cancers).

The results showed that:

  • 82 percent of those surveyed said they were surprised to learn that more than one million U.S. adults are currently living with a blood cancer;
  • 87 percent were surprised by the statement that about every four minutes one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer;
  • 86 percent were surprised when told that approximately every 10 minutes someone in the U.S. dies from a blood cancer.
  • 76 percent said they believe that it’s up to the government, private industry, and drug companies to fund research for all cancers, including hematologic cancers.
  • 86 percent they hadn’t realized that certain promising treatments for some chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, were initially tested and FDA-approved as treatments for blood cancers; and
  • Nearly all those surveyed (97%) said they think it important for all blood cancer patients to have access to potentially life-saving treatments.

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