Today, February 4th, is World Cancer Day. According to the #WorldCancerDay website, this day was created coming out of the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on Februrary 4, 2000. The theme for 2019 through 2021 is #IAmAndIWill. This theme is meant to empower those impacted by cancer to take action. Doing this blog I feel I have taken a large step in empowering myself in the battle against cancer.
While browsing the World Cancer Day website I found a great infographic about the signs and symptoms of cancer:
Leading up to my diagnosis of cancer I experienced some of the above symptoms. The main symptom I experienced was a large lump in my neck. This was actually one of many lymph nodes that could be detected by pressing on them with my hands; although I didn’t realize it at the time. I also experienced major breathing problems, fatigue, and weight loss. Just prior to starting chemotherapy I experienced night sweats so bad that my pillow would be soaked.
I would recommend anyone experiencing any of the symptoms listed in the infographic above to visit their doctor to determine if cancer may be the culprit. Some cancers are more easily treated when detected early. But then other cancers, such as my particular flavor of cancer non-Hodgkin’s follicular lymphoma, is currently incurable and is not generally treated early unless the lymphoma is impacting quality of life. No matter what it is important to detect and come up with a treatment plan for cancer as soon as possible. Doing so will increase the chance of being a cancer survivor.