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?
- Sign up for the 100,000 Reasons Challenge. Ride, run, walk, or move your body during this 31-day virtual challenge in March. Help us raise $100,000 and reach 100,000 people in honor of the 100,000 who die each year from preventable blood clots.
- Use our social media toolkit to share resources about blood clots to your social platforms.
- Urge Congress to expand funding for blood clot awareness and education by sending a message to your representatives.
- If you’ve experienced a blood clot, you can help others by submitting a video or writing your blood clot story. The stories and videos will be shared on @StoptheClot social media and website throughout March.
More information: https://www.stoptheclot.org/blood-clot-awareness-month-2023