It was thanks to a constituent that I first became aware of the charity Bloodwise and the work they do to support blood cancer patients, fund research and campaign for better treatments.

Last week I was pleased to meet with representatives again from Bloodwise who were in Parliament and who have launched a new report into the issue of delays in diagnosis.

Blood cancer is the third biggest cause of cancer deaths in the UK and Bloodwise is calling for GPs to get greater support to recognise blood cancer symptoms, which can include unexplained bruising, bleeding, night sweats, fatigue and weight loss.

Bloodwise’s report ‘Delays Expected’ and a guide to the symptoms of blood cancer are available at For confidential support and information about blood cancer call the Bloodwise helpline for free on 0808 2080 888.