Non Hodgkins Lymphoma
|Non Hodgkins lymphoma or NHL is a large group of cancer affecting both B and T lymphocytes.|
NonHodgkins can either be slow growing, mildly aggressive or aggressive. Non-Hodgkin is more complicated and more threatening than Hodgkins disease. The recommended treatment for lymphoma depends on many factors such adult or childhood type. Signs and symptoms of lymphoma are generally similar for both HL and Non-Hodgkin such as swollen lymph nodes, weight loss and persistent fever.
NonHodgkins cancer is caused by many factors such as exposure to certain herbicides and human viruses. NHL can occur at any age unlike Hodgkins. But NonHodgkins cancer is more common in people between 40 to 70 years old. In fact, about 95% of diagnosed cases occur among those in that age range.
Just like HL, NonHodgkins is also more common in men, especially Caucasians. Since it is more aggressive and less predictable than HL, Non Hodgkin is more likely to spread beyond the lymph nodes.
NonHodgkins is more common than HL. Non-Hodgkin cases have gone up by more than 70% over the past 20 years compared to HL which has declined during the same period.
NonHodgkins is classified according to the cell type the cancer starts from and to how it progresses.
Progression of Non Hodgkins lymphoma is classed into 3 grades . . .
Non-Hodgkins can either be B cell or T cell lymphoma. 85% of diagnosed cases are B cell while 15% are T cell. An example of a T cell type of cancer is cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. B cell lymphomas are cancers affecting your B lymphocytes. There are 10 subtypes of B cell lymphoma.
Related Article: B Cell Lymphoma Prognosis
Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin include the following . . .
Nine risk factors for adult Non-Hodgkins include . . .
1. age - the older you are, the more you are at risk
2. gender - being male makes you more prone
3. existing medical conditions such as. . .
4. infection with human viruses such as HTLV-1, Epstein-Barr and Helicobacter Pylori
5. HIV or AIDS infection
6. previous treatment for Hodgkins Disease such as radiation
7. medicines to suppress your immune system after an organ transplant
8. exposure to certain herbicides and
9. unhealthy diet that is high on fats and meat.
Non-Hodgkin can be prevented with a healthy immune system. And to have a healthy immune system, you have to . . .
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