Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers among teenagers and young adults in Canada, yet many are still unfamiliar with what it is.

That's why September is Lymphoma awareness month. It's to make sure people not learn more about it, but can then better detect it early.

Dr. Mohammad Salim, a clinical Hematologist at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina, says early detection is important for treatment.

"In many situations, these (lymphoma patients) have great treatment outcomes, particularly Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In many situations it's very curable. But if you leave it too long, unattended, then there can be too many complications and you lose a chance of a good outcome."

Salim talked about some of the warning signs that may be symptoms of Lymphoma.

"If anything out of the ordinary happens in their day to day living. If someone is feeling excessively tired or fatigued, or if they are feeling unusually out of breath, unexplained fever, night sweats, etc. If anyone is feeling those symptoms they should seek medical attention right away."

Over 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma every year, and with early detection, it averages between 3-5 years to fully get rid of the disease.

In 2017, roughly 8,000 Canadians will get Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, with about 2,700 dying from the disease.

 

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