Lymphoma is one of a family of serious diseases. Spotting it early is of supreme importance. Unfortunately, this is often difficult because lymphoma shares many signs with more common, but far less serious illnesses. Mistakes, therefore, happen a lot in the early stages of the disease. In these situations, you might have to wait until the signs of the disease linger for a long time before you get a diagnosis. Sometimes the signs are local to one part of the body. Or, they may spread across the patient’s body. Lymphoma occurs in over 60 different forms, but they are all more or less grouped into two main divisions. These are Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Learning to spot the signs of lymphoma early is the key to successful treatment.
1. Swollen Lymph Nodes
Many people suffer from a swelling of the lymph nodes from time to time. This swelling usually occurs in the neck, armpits or some other area of their upper body. In most cases, an infection causes the swelling and inflicts considerable pain. The swelling caused by lymphoma, however, is usually painless. This can make the disease more insidious. After all, most people naturally assume a painful swelling is more serious than a painless one. This lack of discomfort can cause many people to delay medical attention. Swollen lymph nodes are often the first sign of lymphoma, but around half of all cases never develop the symptom. In any case, you should see a doctor who can check out unexplained swelling as early as possible.