Lymphoma is the 5th most common male cancer and 6th most common cancer for a female in Singapore.
Causes and Risks
Lymphoma has been closely associated with abnormally decreased immune systems that may be present from birth or associated with viruses such as the AIDS virus.
It is one of the most common cancers seen in children and young adults as well. It affects more men than women. Most adult patients develop lymphoma after the age of 50.
The cancer commonly starts with a painless lump or swelling in the neck, armpits, or groin area that increases in size. Fever, drenching sweats or unexplainable weight loss may also be symptoms of lymphoma.
Lymphoma is diagnosed with a biopsy.
The cancer is treated with chemotherapy and targeted therapy.