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DOCS BAFFLED BY SURGE IN CANCER; Cases of deadly lymphoma rise 40 per cent.

Byline: LESLEY ROBERTS

CASES of deadly blood cancer non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma are increasing faster than any disease.

And experts are baffled by the massive 40 per cent rise over the last 30 years.

CharityLeukaemiaResearch have even changed their name to include "lymphoma".

Their director Dr David Grant admitted: "The number of new cases of lymphoma in Scotland has been increasing for reasons that are not clear.

"There are between five per cent and 10 cent more cases now than five years ago."

Last year, there were 950 non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma cases in Scotland - about 100 more than in 2005.

While experts believe much of the increase is down to better diagnosis, they can't explain all the extra cases.

Yvonne Dickson, Scottish manager of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: "Lymphoma is more common than leukaemia now."

The charity are funding work at Glasgow University into the connection between common viruses and the development of the related disorder Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

It's believed people who develop a virus which causes glandular fever - the Epstein-Barr virus - are three times more likely to develop Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It is the most common cancer in teenagers and young adults.

But Professor Ruth Jarrett, who runs the study, said: "Most young people who develop Hodgkin's get a version not related to glandular fever."

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research their Advances in diagnosis and treatment means most sufferers are expected to survive. Prof Jarrett added: "There's potential to cure more cases and have fewer sideeffects from the treatment we give." stage fundraiser Bikeathon May on Sunday, Country Drumpellier Park, Coatbridge. www.bikeathonbritain.co.uk/glasgow for details.
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Date:Mar 7, 2010
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