10 facts about lymphoma on World Lymphoma Awareness Day

World Lymphoma Awareness Day takes place on 15 September every year to raise awareness of lymphoma - the most common blood cancer. 

This year the campaign is encouraging people around the globe to share key facts about lymphoma - not only so more people are aware of the disease, but because research shows that people affected feel more confident when they are more informed.

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  1. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphocytes (white blood cells).
  2. Over 580,000 people are diagnosed with lymphoma each year worldwide.
  3. Symptoms of lymphoma can be: unexplained weight loss, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, itching, night sweats and unexplained fever.
  4. The most common lymphoma symptom is painless swelling in the lymph nodes.
  5. Lymphoma symptoms can be overlooked because they can be similar to less serious illnesses, such as the flu.
  6. Symptoms do not determine the lymphoma subtype. Subtype is determined through testing with a specialist.
  7. There are no screening tests for lymphoma. 
  8. Fatigue is the most common physical condition of lymphoma, regardless of subtype.
  9. People experience fatigue before diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment is completed.
  10. Over half of all patients report feeling confident when they are more informed about their disease.

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If you'd like to get involved you can share a fact on social media with the hashtag #WLAD2019 or you can add a fact or message online - which will then appear on the Confidence Tree to build awareness and confidence for people living with lymphoma.

15 September 2019