The day is celebrated on 22nd September because 9/22 represents the chromosomal translocation between 9 and 22 (Philadelphia Chromosome). CML patient organizations in 30 countries marked September 22nd as the World CML day.
‘The theme for this year´s World Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Day is "Today, Together, Today, together we are treated. Tomorrow, we need cure!"’
Following the motto "All united, all unique"
, their aim is to raise public awareness about CML and provide information on the journey of CML patients, their needs and challenges.
CML is a rare hematological disease that represents 15 to 20 percent of all leukemia cases in adults.
CML Day is an opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people's minds, in the world's media, and on the global health and development agenda.
"WORLD CML DAY (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) is observed make a difference in the fight against cancer. If CML patients take medicine regularly with regular monitoring this cancer can be controlled successfully with the hope of CURE in the near future," said Dr. Sadashivudu Gundeti, Additional Professor NIMS hospital.
Facts About Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
- Nearly 10% of all new cases of leukemia are CML
- About 8,950 new cases will be diagnosed with CML
- About 1,080 people will die of CML
- One person in 555 will get CML in their lifetime
- In India, CML accounts for 30% to 60% of all adult leukemias