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Lymphoma Lymphoma or lymphatic cancer is a very serious and life threatening disease In this country there is an estimated 63900 new cases 7100 of which are Hodgkins lymphoma as opposed to non-Hodgkins lymphoma Since around the 70s the occurrence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma has almost doubled while the occurrence of Hodgkins disease has declined Steen 1993 Lymphoma is the name given to a cancer that infects the lymphatic system In a case of lymphoma the lymphatic system has cells that multiply and cannot be stopped There are two main types of lymphoma Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is called lymphoma and Hodgkins type lymphoma is called Hodgkins disease Hodgkins disease is different from non-Hodgkins disease in that Hodgkins disease has a Reed-Sternberg cell present in the areas infected with the cancer Hodgkins disease occurs mainly in people between 15 and 40 or over 55 Non-Hodgkins type cancer is much more common than Hodgkins disease Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is a group of over 29 types of lymphoma These are classified by the US National Cancer society as aggressive or fast multiplying or indolent slow multiplying Lymphoma Information Network The lymphatic system protects the body from agents that could cause disease like bacteria or viruses Within this system that consists of organs such as the spleen and tonsils there are organs that destroy foreign agents those organs are called lymph nodes The lymphatic system works as follows the bone marrow produces blood cells including white blood cells White blood cells are the cells that find and destroy disease-causing agents Both B and T cells change a great deal to defend the body from pathogen It is while the B cells are transforming that cancers can infect them Lymphoma Information Network What causes Hodgkins disease is not known but the symptoms are well known and somewhat easy to detect Ones lymph nodes in the neck armpit or chest begin to swell The swelling should be painless
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