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Lymph glands occur all over the body, connected by vessels in a system which drains lymph eventually into the blood stream. Lymph is a fluid containing containing white blood cells which can attack bacteria. The lymph glands help destroy harmful bacteria and rid the lymph of them. Lymphomas are cancers of cells in the lymph glands. The commonest type of lymphoma is called Hodgkin's disease which particularly occurs in young men, but also occurs in people over 50 years old. It is one of the cancers that used to be fatal but can often be cured by modern treatments where available. There are many other types of lymphoma. Treatment, when available, of lymphomas consists of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, with variable success.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer, probably related to lymphomas, of particular cells (antibody producing plasma cells) in the marrow that is inside bones (bone marrow). The bone marrow also produces red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets which help in clotting. Multiple myeloma attacks the bones of people who get it. They are usually over 40 years old, with a peak at age 70 years. Treatment, where available, has limited vale, most patients dying within 2 years.

Lymphomas and myeloma caused 0.6% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, an average of 54 deaths per million people per year and 5% of all deaths from cancer.

International Classification of Diseases-10 codes: C81-C90, C96,

Territories are sized in proportion to the absolute number of people who died from lymphomas multiple myeloma in one year.


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