A campaign launched this week is urging people under the age of 30 to get talking about lymphatic cancer.
A common form of cancer, it affects around 850 people in the UK a year, but is highly curable in young people.
According to the Lymphoma Association, more than a third of people under the age of 30 did not know lymphoma was a cancer, and this week for Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week, they are urging people to talk about the disease.
Lymphoma is the fifth most common form of cancer in the UK, and figures show that:
- In 2009, 12,294 people were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- 1,852 people with Hodgkin lymphoma
- In 2010, 4,452 people died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- 319 from Hodgkin lymphoma
The cancer can be identified by a painless lump or swelling, often occurring in the neck, armpit or groin.
Other symptoms could be seen in:
- Excessive sweating (especially at night)
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual tiredness
- Cough or breathlessness
- Persistent itching