Although the number of people diagnosed with lymphoma each year is on the rise, many still don’t know about this life-threatening form of cancer.

It’s important that all Canadians know the signs and symptoms of lymphoma because it can save your life. Signs and symptoms can be similar to other, less serious illnesses, making diagnosis sometimes challenging. Lymphoma is often misdiagnosed as a flu or fatigue. However an early diagnosis is important, because if untreated, some types of lymphoma can be fatal within a short period of time.

By knowing your nodes, you will better understand your lymphatic system, as well as know the signs and symptoms of lymphoma. If signs and symptoms are detected early, there is a better chance for quicker diagnosis, treatment and overall survival.

Know the Signs, Know the Symptoms

  • Painless swelling in the upper body lymph nodes, which can be felt in places like your neck, collarbone region, armpits or groin
  • Fevers, especially at night
  • Chills or temperature swings
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual tiredness or lack of energy
  • Persistent coughing
  • Breathlessness
  • Persistent itch all over the body without an apparent cause or rash
  • General fatigue
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Headache.

Most people who have complaints like these will not have lymphoma. However, it is important that any person who has symptoms that don’t go away see their doctor to confirm that no lymphoma or serious illness is present.

If you suspect that you, a family member, friend, or loved one may have lymphoma, see your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis makes an impact on treatment and outcome.