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September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month
Date:9/12/2007

Tremendous advances have been made to treat blood cancer but the battle is

far from won

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Remarkable progress has been made in treating patients with blood cancers. Sixty years ago there were few effective treatments for children or adults with blood cancer and the rate of survival was very low. Today, about 75 percent of children with acute leukemia and nearly 80 percent of children and adults with Hodgkin lymphoma are cured. Improved therapies and stem cell transplantation have dramatically improved survival rates for most blood cancers, and even patients with diseases resistant to treatment, such as myeloma, are benefiting from new drugs that are increasing the rate and duration of remissions.

Yet, more than three quarters of a million people in the United States currently have some form of blood cancer. Every ten minutes someone dies from a blood cancer and an estimated 52,310 will die from one this year.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a beacon of help and guidance to those touched by blood cancer and each September the Society observes Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month, to shed light on these diseases and let the public know that there are resources available for blood cancer patients and their families.

"Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase the public's understanding of blood cancers and encourage people to support the funding of research to find cures and education programs to help patients have the best possible outcomes throughout their cancer experience," said Dwayne Howell, the Society's President and CEO.

Since its inception in 1949, the Society has invested more than $550 million in research to find cures and better therapies, and funded $64.9 million in 2007 alone. The Society supports investigators' efforts to find new molecular targets for treatment and potential immunotherapies, and helps them translate their labo
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