World Lymphoma Awareness Day
Published at 14 September, 2020.
WLAD is on 15th Lymphoma is the UK’s fifth most common cancer, but do you know the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of lymphoma are:
Swollen lymph nodes - the most common sign of lymphoma is a lump or lumps, usually in the neck, armpit or groin and are usually painless. Not all lymphomas cause obvious lumps, and a lot of things that aren’t lymphoma can cause lumps.
Fatigue - fatigue means being exhausted for no obvious reason or feeling washed out after doing very little. This is not the same as normal tiredness, fatigue is overwhelming and doesn’t usually feel better after sleep or rest. Unexplained weight loss - Losing a lot of weight quite quickly can be a symptom of lymphoma but it can be caused by other things too.
Sweats - Lymphoma can cause night sweats that make your night clothes and bed sheets soaking wet. The night sweats are often described as ‘drenching’. They can happen with any type of lymphoma and can also happen during the day, night sweats can be caused by more than just lymphoma.
Itching - itching without a rash can be a symptom of lymphoma but it can have many other causes.
A study found that overall smokers tend to have a 40% higher risk of developing lymphoma than those who are healthy and do not smoke. The risk was higher among current smokers than among those who have quit smoking. The risk reduces to the same level as non-smokers about 10 years after quitting. If that’s not a reason to consider quitting, we’re not sure what is.
In 2019/2020 Q3 51% of people who set a quit date, successfully quite.
This is 79,709 people out of 155,645. Could you be one of those people?
A great way to take action and prevent high blood pressure is to quit smoking with Yorkshire Smokefree and take the first step to begin your full-stop journey.
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Visit our frequently asked questions section to find out more: https://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/frequently-asked-questions