Beware of suspicious lumps and bumps |

Beware of suspicious lumps and bumps

How many of you have heard of non-Hodgkins lymphoma? How often do you see it in the news?

Here are a couple of facts you might not be aware of: Lymphoma is the second fastest growing type of cancer in the U.S. It will kill more people this year than AIDS in the U.S. It has grown by 81 percent since 1973. This year about 56,000 people will receive a lymphoma diagnosis, and about 24,000 people will die of the disease. There is recent news showing a link to the occurrence of lymphoma in people who received polio vaccine in the 50’s (some vaccine material had SV40 – carcinogenic simian virus contamination).

Pesticides and herbicides have contributed to the growth of this disease. Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange can have this disease. There is no cure for certain types of lymphoma. Funding is relatively low for this disease compared to many others.

Please do not ignore a lump or a bump which does not go away within a reasonable period of time. It might be a simple infection, but it might require medical attention in a timely fashion. Urge your loved ones and friends who might have any skin type lesions or lumps to see their medical consultant. Time and rapid treatment can play an important part in the recovery of all types of cancers and other diseases.

Please pass this on to everyone you know and ask them to do the same. Let’s do by email what the media and others who produce public announcements have not done so far … get the word out to as many as we can. Breast cancer announcements have made women very aware of having mammograms and to self check their breasts for lumps … but lumps anywhere on the body can represent a threat … Be aware!

Sands Bellizzi

Grass Valley

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