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Persistent Swollen Glands Could Be Sign of Cancer

By    |   Monday, 27 April 2015 04:27 PM

Persistent unexplained swollen neck glands could be an early sign of lymphoma and potentially offer a new way to prevent thousands of deaths each year from the sometimes-fatal cancer.

New research led by the University of Exeter Medical School and published in the British Journal of General Practice, suggests patients with chronically enlarged lymph glands, found in the neck, should be referred for further investigation.

Two studies conducted by Exeter researchers and the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Bangor linked swollen glands to a high risk of this type of cancer.

"Cancer guidelines are based on the most robust evidence, and up to now this has been missing. Our research has revealed the importance of persistent swollen lymph glands, particularly in the neck, as part of cancer,” said Willie Hamilton, of the University of Exeter Medical School.

“Of course swollen glands are common with throat infections, but in cancer, they are usually larger and painless. It's been known for a long time that this could represent cancer — this study shows that the risk is higher than previously thought."

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