Cancer awareness in the month of September

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The month of September is dedicated to recognizing five different cancer types: prostate, pediatric, thyroid, gynecologic and blood cancers. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center uses these cancer awareness months throughout the year as an opportunity to bring attention to and provide educational and screening opportunities for these various diseases.

Events and screening opportunities

On September 10, 2022, AAMDS International Foundation will be hosting their annual Patient and Family Conference at Roswell Park’s downtown campus. This conference is for patients, families and caregivers affected by aplastic anemia, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, myelodysplastic syndromes and AML, with presentations from Roswell Park physicians.

Learn more and register here

September 24, 2022, marks the 11th Annual Cruisin’ for a Cure – a free prostate cancer education and early detection event, that combines a classic car show with one-on-one early detection prostate screening consultations with Roswell Park physicians. 

Learn more and register here

Keep an eye on our events calendar and social media for more events taking place through the month of September!

Know the signs

In addition to early detection screening for certain cancer types, recognizing the signs of cancer could be the first step in a diagnosis.

Cancer type Signs & symptoms
Blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma)
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chronic fevers or night sweats
  • Spots or lumps on the skin
  • Bleeding or bruising easily

Learn about leukemia Learn about lymphoma

Gynecologic cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine)
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Learn more
Pediatric cancers
  • Ongoing pain in one area
  • Lack of energy
  • Unexplained changes in skin color
  • Unexplained weight loss
Learn more
Prostate cancer
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Discomfort in pelvic area
  • Blood in urine
Learn more
Thyroid cancer
  • A lump in the neck
  • Unexplained, persistent cough
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Hoarseness
Learn more