In August Manassas City Council voted in favor of a proclamation declaring September Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
Each day this month we will publish facts about blood cancer.
The facts were compiled and provided by Manassas resident Rich Zavadowski, a blood cancer survivor who was instrumental in getting local lawmakers to consider the proclamation.
- Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma (blood cancers) are expected to cause the deaths of an estimated 54,630 people in the US in 2013
- Blood cancer diseases are expected to account for 9.5 percent of the deaths from cancer in 2013, based on the estimated total of 580,350 cancer deaths.
- The estimated total number of all new cancer diagnoses in Virginia in 2013 is 40,870.
- The estimated new cases of blood cancer in Virginia in 2013 is 3,340.