What is Lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system consists of a series of Lymph vessels that carry a liquid called lymph (containing white blood cells) around the body, helping it to fight off infections. Lymph glands, which produce and store lymphocytes, are found in the chest, abdomen, groin, pelvis, neck and under arms. The cancer has two main forms; non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma.

Can I Prevent Lymphoma?

Possible risk factors include bacteria, pesticides and inherited conditions. Living a healthy and aware lifestyle may help you to prevent Lymphoma. Our particular recommendations are:

  1. Avoid pesticides by buying organic products and washing fruit and vegetables before eating them.
  2. Limit your alcohol intake and always drink your daily recommendation of water, most healthy adults need 1.5-3 litres (6-8 medium glasses).
  3. Eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
  4. Get out and exercise and enjoy it.

Learn more about nutrition and exercise and the importance of Vitamin D.

How Do I Know If I Have Lymphoma?

Common symptoms may include unexplained fatigue, unexplained loss of weight and swollen glands. Often when glands are painfully swollen they are not cancerous, but infected. If you have any concerns about your health please consult a trained doctor or other healthcare professional.