Lymphomathon at the Phoenix Zoo

How about a Hodgkin Lymphoma overview as you are deciding to join hundreds of survivors and caregivers as they walk to raise funds for lymphoma research and education. November 12, 2011 is the 8th Annual Phoenix Lymphomathon, being held at the Phoenix Zoo.  The lymphomathon is a great event for the whole family, walking through the zoo, looking at at the animals, making it an event your family and friends can enjoy together.  

Since 2003, the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) has raised over  $7.3 million through its nationwide Lymphomathon program. The Lymphomathon is a non-competitive 5k walk where survivors, family, friends, community and corporate teams walk in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by lymphoma.  Funds raised by participants will support LRF’s mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those touched by this disease.

Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer in adults and the third most common cancer overall in children.  Lymphoma develops when a genetic error, or mutation, occurs in the way a lymphocyte is produced, causing the abnormal cell to duplicate faster than a normal cell or live longer than a normal lymphocyte. Lymphocytes are small white blood cells that play a large role in defending the body against disease.  Like normal lymphocytes, cancerous lymphocytes can grow in many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood or other organs. 

Named after Thomas Hodgkin, a British physician, who first identified the disease in 1832, Hodgkin lymphoma is a rare cancer, accounting for less than one percent of all cases of cancer in the United States.  According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 8,500 new cases of Hodgkin lymphoma are projected each year.  Although the cancer can occur in both children and adults, it is most commonly diagnosed in young adults between the ages of 15 and 35 and in older adults over age 50.  Nearly 10 percent to 15 percent of all Hodgkin lymphomas are diagnosed in children and teenagers.  the disease is more common in men than in women, although, according to the American Cancer Society, over the last 30 years incidence rates have decreased in men and slightly increased in women. 

Hodgkin lymphoma has been studied more than any other type of lymphoma.  The result of these studies has led to rapid advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, and well over 80 percent of patients with Hodgkin lymphoma care cured. 


Phoenix Lymphomathon at the Phoenix Zoo

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