Blood drives to support cancer patients to be held in Derby, Orleans

in Derby/Orleans

DERBY — The American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Blood donation opportunities will be available at Lake Region Union High School on Friday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be another drive at the Elks Club at 3736 Route 5 in Derby on Tuesday, October 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are expected in the U.S. this year.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with nearly 253,000 women expected to be diagnosed in 2017.

Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery, or treatment for complications.

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