Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a disease that impacts more than 74,000 people each year, making it one of the most common types of cancers, according to cancer.org. But do you know the signs? There are more than 30 different types of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, all of which can quietly manifest and be hard to spot until cancer becomes very advanced. This makes it all the more important to know and understand the symptoms of the condition.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma makes up nearly 4% of all cancer diagnosis’ in the US, and your chances of developing the disease are one in 47. The disease affects the body’s lymphatic system — a part of the immune system that helps to flush out toxins and waste from your lymph nodes and blood. This is the part of your body that fights diseases. Your body has over 500 “bean-shaped” lymph nodes located in your neck, armpits, groin, stomach, pelvis, and chest, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Early detection is key to fighting the disease, which is why is it important to be aware of the impending signs that you may have Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. If you have one of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that you have Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. You may just have an infection. It’s always best to play it safe and consult your doctor if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms. A medical professional will be able to run the appropriate tests to determine whether or not you have Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Here are the major Non-Hodgkin lymphoma warning signs to look out for.