Bangladesh Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Supporting Group celebrated the World CML Day on September 22, 2016 in Dhaka in association with Max Foundation, CML Advocate Networks and What is My PCR campaign.
This campaign was aimed to raise awareness among physicians about the importance of PCR testing in CML by meeting the physicians of Hematology. The CML survivors stood together to raise awareness about one life changing reality — living with CML. The CML supporting group met physicians and held banners at major hospitals in the city to raise awareness about CML.
The Head of Hematology at the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital said that advances in treatment and care have transformed CML into a disease where patients, if treated effectively, can live a usual life for years.
Dr E H M Shofiur Rahman Sohag, a CML Survivor for 15 years and the chairman of Bangladesh CML Supporting Group said that CML is caused by the change of chromosomes 9 and 22, which is why World CML Day 9/22 carries a symbolic significance for the patient community and requested physicians to come forward and support the CML affected and give significant emphasis to have the PCR test done regularly to manage CML and maximise life.