14 September 2012
Expert opinion: World Lymphoma Day
Saturday (15 September) is World Lymphoma Day. Faith Richardson,
Lymphoma Nurse Specialist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS
Trust explains more about the fifth most common cancer and what
symptoms you should look out for:
"Lymphoma affects more than 75,000 people currently living in
the UK. Lymphoma is the term used to describe cancers of the
lymphatic system which is part of the body's immune system and can
occur at any age. It is most common in people over 55 and is the
most frequently diagnosed cancer in the under 30's.
"Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can be treated so it is
important to spot the symptoms early."
The following symptoms are often common in other illnesses,
however you should contact your doctor if they persist:
- A painless lump or swelling in the neck, armpit or groin.
- Drenching night sweats
- Unexplained fevers or temperatures
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unusual tiredness
- Persistent itching
- Persistent flu like symptoms
- A cough or shortness of breath
To find out more visit the Lymphoma Association website at www.lymphomas.org.uk.