Every year on October 25, the MDS Alliance and their member groups around the world, come together to raise awareness of Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which is a type of rare blood cancer, where the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells.
There are a number of types of MDS, some of which stay mild and can be undetected for years, others are more serious and progressive, and symptoms are felt and seen.
This World Awareness Day, we are sharing information on the signs and symptoms of MDS and highlighting that getting a blood test, with a full blood count analysis can confirm a diagnosis, as with all cancers, the earlier the diagnosis, the better, so please get involved in sharing the materials available below and help spread awareness. Thank you
How can you GET INVOLVED?
We are focusing on the signs and symptoms of MDS, we are asking everyone, to think about their family and friends, and to question if they have noticed any signs or symptoms that we are highlighting and encouraging these loved ones to get a blood test.
Please share these materials, either on your social media platforms, or by printing out one of the posters and popping it on your local community board, healthcare setting, or other place where the information can be seen.
1- Download the briefing guide
Download the MDS World Awareness Day briefing guide below to understand how you can get involved and support the campaign.
Social Media Graphics
Please download or share the below graphics.
Hashtag – please use in all your social posts the following hashtags:
Other languages – use our customization tool Canva
Would you like to have these materials in your own language? We have used Canva, an online tool where you can see the graphics and change the text to your own language – please see the link below that takes you directly to the files. It is quick and easy to use, and you can export your version as graphic documents to use.
Profile picture – Twibbon
If you would like to show your support, please add the MDS Twibbon to your profile picture. Go to the Twibbon website and ‘find a Campaign’ search ‘MDS World Awareness Day 2022’
Please download and print these posters. Place these posters around your community, in windows or on notice boards. Please feel fee to send a picture and share where you have these on display, tell us your town/country, and we can build up a picture of how far and wide the awareness has reached.
Facts about MDS
In raising awareness of Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), signs and symptoms, there are also facts that can be shared. Here are 10 facts of MDS, that you can share. Please download and print, or share on your social media channels.
The more that are shared, the greater the opportunity is for others to see and share this information. Helping someone realise they might have symptoms and encouraging them to get a blood test and be diagnosed, is the first and most important step to take.