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A campaign's being launched to make people more able to spot Lymphoma Cancer

A campaign's being launched to make people more able to spot Lymphoma Cancer

10:23am 13th September 2010

Lymphatic cancer awareness week kicks off today and the Lymphoma Association is launching a campaign to try and encourage people aged under 30 to be aware of the symptoms of the disease.

A recent survey has found that more than a third of people under the age of 30 do not know that lymphoma is a form of cancer - despite it being the most common one diagnosed in their age group.* The reality is that lymphatic cancer, otherwise known as lymphoma, affects more British youths than any other form - with over 850 young people diagnosed each year.

In a nutshell, lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system; your body's natural defence against infection.

Every year, lymphoma rates increase in the UK, but like most cancers, lymphoma is often treatable if it's caught early enough.

To make everyone aware of the symptoms of the disease, leading charity The Lymphoma Association, has developed a simple mnemonic - PITS - which shows the early warning signs to be on the lookout for - these being Persistent lumps, Itching, Tiredness and Sweating.

Yet, here in Yorkshire and the Humber 46% of people under 30 do not know that lymphoma is a form of cancer - joint highest! 43% of people under 30 are put off going to the GP because they do not want to waste the doctor's time and 18% of people under 30 are put off going to the GP because they have too many other things to think about.

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