World Day for the understanding of lymphomas

Sunday, September 18, 2011

World Day for the understanding of lymphomas

In every September 15 we always celebrate the World Day for the knowledge of Lymphoma (Lymphoma Awareness Day) organized by the Lymphoma Coalition, a nonprofit organization that brings together 53 groups of patients from 38 different countries. The initiative began in 2004 and is now a reference point for all those directly involved, from patients to researchers. But the goal is to create adequate information among the entire population, because unfortunately it is a cancer that is spreading widely.

Think of that all over the world people are living with lymphoma more than a million and every day there are about a thousand new diagnoses for 45 different subtypes. Despite these data, the disease is not well known: a recent survey of people affected by the disease, although the word "lymphoma" were known, few were aware of the related symptoms, the diagnoses are late with the consequences imaginable: 40 % of patients take more than two months to see themselves diagnosed with lymphoma and 11% even more than a year, despite 56% of respondents had approached the doctor with symptoms of that specific cancer. An international consortium of researchers is working to understand the causes of this disease are still unknown: as often happens early diagnosis is crucial. From here, the World Day to raise awareness.
What is lymphomas?

These are malignant tumors that, as the word suggests, affecting the lymphatic system. Tumor cells in question are to destroy healthy cells, reducing the ability of the immune system to fight infections. There are many subtypes of lymphoma, which are divided into two main types: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.