September is Lymphoma and Leukemia Awareness month in Canada

September is Lymphoma and Leukemia Awareness month in Canada

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One person in Canada is diagnosed with a blood cancer approximately every thirty-four minutes. An estimated combined total of 15,530 people in Canada was forecasted to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2016.

New cases of leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma will account for 9 percent of the 173,800 new cancer cases diagnosed in Canada this year.

An estimated 90,000 people in Canada are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, An estimated 90,000 people in Canada are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or Lymphoma is a cancer of a part of the

Lymphoma is a cancer of a part of the immune system – lymphatic immune system – lymphatic system. There are many types of lymphoma. One type is called Hodgkin disease. The rest are called non-Hodgkin lymphoma. myeloma.

Non-Hodgkin lymphomas begin when a type of white blood cell, called a T cell or B cell, becomes abnormal. The cell divides, again and again, making more and more abnormal cells. These abnormal cells can spread to almost any other part of the body. Most of the time, doctors can’t determine why a person gets non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can cause many symptoms, such as

  • Fever
  • Soaking night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swollen, painless lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin
  • Coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain
  • Weakness and tiredness that don’t go away
  • Pain, swelling or a feeling of fullness in the abdomen

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