An estimated 788,939 people are either living with, or in remission from, lymphoma in the U.S. On Friday, Sept. 15, Valley’s south tower will be lit red as part of the Light it RED for Lymphoma awareness campaign.
Lymphoma is an umbrella term describing dozens of cancers that begin in the immune system. Some of the first signs of lymphoma are commonly seen in other illnesses; including swollen lymph nodes, cough, fever. In cases of less serious illnesses, these symptoms would not last very long. With lymphoma, these symptoms persist over time and cannot be explained by an infection or another disease.
Common Signs and Symptoms
- Chills/temperature swings
- Recurrent fevers and excessive sweating at night
- Unintentional weight loss
- Persistent tiredness and lack of energy
- Breathlessness and persistent cough
- Persistent itch all over the body without an apparent cause or rash
- Swollen lymph nodes (in neck, armpits or groin) that do not go away
There is usually no pain involved, especially when the lymphoma is in the early stage of development.
Most people who have nonspecific complaints such as these will not have lymphoma. However, it is important that any person who has symptoms that persist see a doctor to confirm that no lymphoma or serious illness is present.
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