Nation to hold 10th World Lymphoma Awareness Day
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Known as the “silent cancer,” lymphoma is one of the most rapidly rising cancers in Taiwan, with the annual contraction-rate averaging at 2,915 patients, representing a two-fold growth over the past decade.
September 13, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
As the Sept. 15 World Lymphoma Awareness Day approaches, the Hope Foundation for Cancer Care (癌症基金會) yesterday urged the public to be mindful of their personal health, as the symptoms of lymphoma are similar to common ailments such as the flu, resulting in delayed detection and treatment.
The foundation urged the public to take special note of the following symptoms: fever, swelling, itching, excessive sweating, coughing, and weight loss. While these symptoms are routinely attributed to common ailments, they may also mark the beginning of lymphoma.
To date the foundation has helped over 2,000 patients suffering from lymphoma in overcoming their illness. A documentary film outlining the struggles of many patients in prevailing over lymphoma will be screened by the foundation on the World Lymphoma Awareness Day commemoration, which will be held for the tenth year running in Taiwan this year.
The foundation stated that with timely treatment, lymphoma detected in the early stages is manageable and has a survival rate of 70 percent. The public should avoid unproven methods and seek treatment as soon as possible.