The NHS ‘Be body aware’ campaign shines a light on some of the vague symptoms of cancer that people may not necessarily think of getting checked with their GP. We know that symptoms relating to blood cancer, including lymphoma, can be harder to notice, which is why we are supporting the campaign to encourage people to ‘know their body’ and contact their GP practice if something doesn’t feel right, or if they notice any new or unexplained changes that are unusual for them such as:
- Swollen lymph nodes (a lump or lumps, usually in the neck, armpit or groin)
- Feeling extremely tired (fatigued) for no obvious reason
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained fever or frequent infections
- Sweats, especially at night that can be drenching
- Itching without a rash
Having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have lymphoma. Most people who are referred for tests by their GP find out it’s not cancer, but getting symptoms checked could put your mind at rest or, if cancer is suspected, then it is always better to find out sooner.
If you have any questions about lymphoma, or are concerned about any symptoms then please do contact our Helpline.
Our wonderful supporter, Paul, has shared his story with the media as part of the NHS ‘Be body aware’ campaign. We would like to thank Paul for taking part and raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of lymphoma. Read Paul’s story.