Compare and Contrast Essay

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Compare and Contrast Paper October 6, 2013 Cancer of any kind is devastating news to have to receive. Whether it be a friend, a family member, or yourself, the word cancer brings many frightening thoughts and images into people’s minds. Cancer is defined as the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer cells are also malignant cells. There are many types of cancer, and it can affect many different parts of the body. Two cancers that may bring confusion to some people because of the similarity in name is Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. With this cancer, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and then may spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin’s lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection. Symptoms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma include painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin area. Persistant fatigue, fever and chills, night sweats, unexplained weight loss-as much as 10% or more of your body weight, coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain, loss of appetite, itching, and increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol, or pain in your lymph nodes after drinking alcohol. Obviously, if any signs or symptoms that you have worry you, it is best to see your doctor and seek their advice. What causes Hodgkin’s lymphoma? Well, it is not truly clear what the actual cause is from. Doctors do know that most Hodgkin’s lymphoma occurs when an infection fighting cell called a B cell develops a mutation in its DNA. This mutation tells the cells to divide quickly and continue living when a healthy cell would die. This mutation causes a large number of oversized, abnormal B cells to accumulate in the lymphatic system, where they crowd the healthy cells and

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