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Patrick PaulMay 31, 2021 17:51:57 IST
According to the GLOBOCAN 2020 report, more than 100,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancers such as lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma in India each year. Blood cancer occurs when abnormal blood cells in the hematopoietic system grow out of control and healthy cells are crushed.
The three most common types of blood cancers that affect the Indian population are:
- Lymphoma: A group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. The two main types are Hodgkin lymphoma (generally occurring in blood and bone marrow) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (usually occurring in lymph nodes and lymphoid tissue).
- Leukemia: A cancer of the blood that occurs when normal blood cells change and grow out of control.
- Multiple myeloma begins in the bone marrow, where plasma cells begin to grow out of control.