A form of cancer that attacks the immune system, Lymphoma affects lymphocytes – a type of white blood cell – in particular. It is the seventh most common form of cancer across the world and accounts for about 3 – 4% of all cases. Though it can occur at any age, it is the most common cancer to affect younger individuals. Here are some more facts about Lymphoma that shall help one understand the condition better.
1. There are two primary types of lymphomas.
Though the World Health Organization identifies 4 different types of lymphomas, broadly speaking, there are two kinds that are most widely recognized – Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). The former condition, i.e., HL, occurs when a certain type of cell called the Reed-Sternberg cell is detected in the lymph nodes. It is more treatable than NHL, which refers to all other varieties of lymphoma other than Hodgkin Lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma typically affects more aged individuals.