15 September 2019
No Cancer is a Good Cancer
00:01 hours Sunday 15 September 2019
‘No cancer is a good cancer’
research brings stigma of Lymphoma to the limelight
Sunday, 15 September 2019: New research released today from Lymphoma Australia has exposed the
negative stigma surrounding Lymphoma, with 68 per cent of Australians living,
or caring for someone, with this cancer reporting a stigma of ‘the good cancer’
associated with this disease.
The study found 69 per cent
of respondents have had their, or a loved-one’s, Lymphoma described as ‘the
good cancer’ or something similar, while over half, 63 per cent, of respondents
believe most people don’t understand Lymphoma is a cancer.
Lymphoma is a cancer of the
lymphatic system which exists throughout the body when uncontrolled growth of abnormal
lymphocytes (white blood cells) occurs.
Due to the fact the blood system involves many organs, there may be cancerous
tumours in many parts of the body.
Gairns National Lymphoma Care Nurse Manager, Lymphoma Australia, believes no
cancer should be deemed a good cancer.
is just unacceptable that people label Lymphoma as a “good cancer” to have.
Lymphoma deaths are equal to that of skin cancer, and with 80 different subtypes
it is a lot more common than people realise. This year it has been estimated
that Lymphoma will be the number one cancer in teenagers, and it claims the
lives of four Australians a day,” said Donna
research, which has been released to coincide with World Lymphoma Awareness Day,
Sunday, 15 September, aims to put Lymphoma in the limelight so that people know
more about the condition and how common it is.
Winton , CEO of Lymphoma Australia, said the survey results are a hard read but
a sad truth.
heard from people living with Lymphoma including children that friends,
colleagues and even oncology staff have said they are lucky to have it, as it
is the ‘good cancer’ which can be cured. The stark reality is that no cancer is
a good cancer when you’re fighting for your life – something these individuals
do on a daily basis,” said Winton.
97 per cent of respondents suggesting they would like to
see Lymphoma covered more broadly and frequently by mainstream media there
is clearly an appetite for better awareness of the condition, from those living
with it,” said Winton.
survey was conducted by Lymphoma Australia and showed people living with the
condition want the Australian public to know:
- Lymphoma is not a ‘good cancer’ – it is a serious
and potentially life-threatening condition (45 per cent)
- Living with Lymphoma is a difficult and emotionally
draining journey, the full impact of which often cannot be seen physically (33
Australia is seeking to raise awareness of this cancer throughout September
with all the countries that make up the Lymphoma Coalition. The colour lime
also represents lymphoma as per the global cancer rainbow.
Melissa Wells an Emergency Department nurse whose son Jack, 19, had Lymphoma said:
“No cancer is a good cancer and it really cuts deep when people
say it is. Jack is the most positive person I have ever known, and he
would agree that Lymphoma is not a good cancer. In fact he often says he
would never wish this on anybody else. He certainly doesn’t feel
“Every day is a challenge because, whether it is physically or emotionally, the effects of cancer don’t leave you. But together we make
the most of every day that he feels good and hope he continues to get stronger."
Lymphoma Australia is encouraging all Australians to
get involved this September by going Lime and helping to raise funds through a
number of activities. Australians can get involved by visiting www.lymphoma.org.au/page/1150/lymphoma-in-the-limelight
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About Lymphoma Australia
Lymphoma Australia is a
national charity dedicated to making a difference in the lives of lymphoma
patients and their families across the country. As the only organisation in
Australia that works solely with lymphoma our mission is to support Australians
touched by lymphoma, raise awareness of this cancer, and support research for a
Lymphoma Australia provides
Australia’s Lymphoma Care Nurses who are professionally qualified nurses to
support people diagnosed to navigate their journey and connect them to support
is estimated that nearly 6,500 Australians will be diagnosed Lymphoma in 2019,
which equates to 17 people per day.
symptoms include: swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, night
sweats, rash or itching, a persistent cough or shortness of breath.
- Lymphoma is a cancer of the
lymphatic system and is the number one blood cancer in Australia
- There are more than 80
subtypes of lymphoma and many are incurable
- It is the 3rd most common
cancer in children.
- The cause of lymphoma is
- Lymphoma doesn’t discriminate
— anyone can get it.
- The number one cancer in
15-25 years in Australia
No cancer is a good cancer
research, conducted by Lymphoma Australia, data on file.