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Why we are to raising awareness

 
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We are Bobcat's Let's Learn about Lymphoma! Bobcats, LLL is a group of Ohio University students working to increase awareness about the signs and symptoms of lymphoma in adolescents and young adults.

 

Let's Learn about Lymphoma

According to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, each year, 90,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are diagnosed with cancer. Lymphoma is the most common type of blood cancer among these new cases. Lymphoma accounts for 1-in-5 cancer diagnoses in young people.

AYAs often dismiss early warning signs and symptoms of lymphoma and delay seeking medical attention, partly because many cancer symptoms are associated with normal body changes that are common at this age.


Many symptoms of lymphoma are related to other illnesses, making AYA lymphoma difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, stomach pain, tiredness, night sweats, fevers, poor appetite, losing weight, and itchiness.

The maturity level of AYAs also has a significant impact on managing and treating lymphoma. Common factors such as health insurance, financial hardships, unique concerns regarding body image and fertility issues, and relationships must be considered when an AYA is diagnosed with lymphoma.