World Lymphoma Awareness Day was on 15 September. Every year, 260 new cases of Hodgkin's lymphoma are diagnosed in Portugal.
Lymphoma is a malignant blood tumour that causes abnormal growth of cells in the lymphatic system. Lymphomas can be divided into two types: Hodgkin's lymphomas and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. However, Hodgkin's lymphoma is more common and particularly affects young males.
The symptoms are not very specific, which can delay the diagnosis. The symptoms associated with this disease can manifest themselves in several ways, namely the size of the lymph nodes that can be located in the neck, armpits or groin. There are also other signs such as heavy sweating at night, fever, extreme tiredness or sudden weight loss that can be linked to lymphoma.