March is Blood Clot Awareness Month

March is Blood Clot Awareness Month

March is Blood Clot Awareness Month (BCAM), a time dedicated to spreading the word about blood clots and their potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism.  

Throughout the month, NBCA’s “anyBODY Can Get a Blood Clot” campaign will raise awareness about how blood clots can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender.

What will be happening during Blood Clot Awareness Month?

  • NBCA is demonstrating that “anyBODY Can Get a Blood Clot” by sharing videos and first-person narratives of a wide variety of blood clot patients during the month of March.
  • NBCA staff and volunteers are gathering in Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress to urge them to increase funding for blood clot education and awareness.
  • Through the 100,000 Reasons Challenge, NBCA is working to raise $100,000 and reach 100,000 people in honor of the 100,000 who die each year from preventable blood clots.
  • NBCA is hosting numerous educational events for the public, patients, and clinicians.

Why is it important to raise blood clot awareness?

  • Less than 6% of Americans know what blood clots are and how to prevent them, yet they affect as many as 900,000 Americans every year.
  • Every six minutes in the U.S., someone dies of a blood clot.
  • The overall incidence of venous blood clots is 30-60% higher in Black patients compared to white patients.
  • 274 people die every day in the U.S. from blood clots.
  • A blood clot in the lung is one of the most common causes of pregnancy-related death in the U.S.
  • Blood clots are the second leading cause of death in cancer patients, aside from cancer itself.

How can you get involved?

More information: https://www.stoptheclot.org/blood-clot-awareness-month-2023