According to national and international statistics, we are increasingly becoming a country of old people. In Italy we became aware of this, with even more pain, after the enormous loss of the elderly due to the pandemic. Indeed, if it were not for the births due to immigrants, Italians would be more and more a people with very few young people. But there is a tumor that in 60% of cases affects people over the age of 60. Here is the cancer that is increasing in our country, affecting thousands of Italians every year. The data of the research associations speak for themselves: almost 32,000 cases every year. Let’s see what it is in our article.
An aggressive tumor but more treatable than before
Thanks to the enormous sacrifice of those who work every day dedicating their lives to cancer research, blood cancers are more treatable than a few years ago. To date, in fact, life expectancy for those who contract a blood cancer has increased by 40% compared to recent years. According to official data provided by SIE, the Italian Society of Hematology, these forms of cancer usually attack the bone marrow, which is the producer of the main cells in our blood: white, red and platelets. These tumors fall into three main families: myeloma, lymphoma and leukemia.
Here is the cancer that is increasing in our country, affecting thousands of Italians every year
As the scientists themselves argue, it is not easy to diagnose a blood cancer in time, because the symptoms are very mild. However, remember that generally a blood cancer develops by giving these signals:
- fever not very high but present mainly in the evening and at night;
- persistent chronic weakness;
- severe pain in the bones and joints;
- loss of weight and appetite;
- wounds and bleeding that do not heal;
- presence of swelling and lymph nodes in the groin, armpits and neck area.
In the event of the presence of one or more of these symptoms, it is advisable to immediately consult the general practitioner to start all possible tests. Even in these cases, prevention and immediate intervention will increase the chances of recovery.
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