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A form of cancer that attacks the immune system, lymphoma affects lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, in particular. It is the seventh most common form of cancer across the world and accounts for about 3 to 4 percent of all cases. Though it can occur at any age, lymphoma is the most common cancer affecting younger individuals. Here are some more facts about lymphoma.

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1. Two Types of Lymphomas

Though the World Health Organization identifies four different types of lymphomas, two kinds are most widely recognized: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma occurs when a certain type of cell called the Reed-Sternberg cell develops in the lymph nodes. It is more treatable than non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which generally refers to all other varieties of lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is more likely to affect elderly individuals.

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