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New awareness campaign for deadly disease

Ed Jones was diagnosed 13 years ago Credit: ITV Anglia

A leading charity have called for more people to know about the symptoms of blood cancer.

The disease is the third deadliest cancer in the UK, killing more people than breast or prostate cancer every year.

Charity Bloodwise have now launched an awareness campaign to encourage people to get anything suspicious checked by a doctor.

Ed Jones - from Milton Keynes - was diagnosed 13 years ago.

ITV Anglia's Russell Hookey reports on Ed's story:

The key symptoms to look out for:

  • Bone/joint pain
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Unexplained bruising or bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Unusual lumps

The campaign follows a survey by YouGov, which found that 39% of adults asked had at least one symptom that could have been blood cancer, but did not visit a doctor.

The study also revealed that only 23% of those with a symptom went to a GP within a month, and 11% waited six months.

ITV Anglia's Jonathan Wills spoke to the CEO of Bloodwise, Gemma Peters:

Anyone who has any of the symptoms mentioned above is being encouraged to visit their GP.

Russell Hookey met Rob White and his family, who live in Manningtree, Essex: