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How a young woman’s irritating cough turned out to be BLOOD cancer. These are the SIX key symptoms that you almost miss and that YOU should be aware of

  • Anna Howard, 32, visited her doctor last December with a severe, ongoing cough.
  • You also experienced dizziness, night sweats, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes
  • His doctor diagnosed him with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.
  • She said she’s “lucky” to have treatable cancer, but wishes she’d gotten it checked out sooner.

A healthy and fit 32-year-old woman thought her chronic cough was just a cold, but was given the terrifying diagnosis that she had blood cancer.

Anna Howard visited her doctor last December after battling constant coughing, which woke her up at night, for about three months.

But in addition to the cough, Ms. Howard’s lymph nodes were also swollen, she had trouble swallowing, she experienced night sweats and was often dizzy.

On top of that, I was battling chronic fatigue and unexplained weight loss.

Anna Howard, 32, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, after suffering from a chronic cough, dizziness, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and night sweats.

Anna Howard, 32, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, after suffering from a chronic cough, dizziness, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and night sweats.

THE SIX KEY SYMPTOMS OF THE LEUKEMIA FOUNDATION

recurrent infections

increased fatigue

Night sweats

Bone-ache

bruises

swollen lymph nodes

After two unsuccessful rounds of antibiotics, Ms. Howard’s doctor decided to have an X-ray of her chest which revealed a 14 cm long tumor resting on her esophagus and trachea while touching her heart.

Ms. Howard told Seven News that cancer was not something she had thought about while dealing with her cough.

‘The last thing you think is going to be cancer. I just thought I had a cold or it was allergies or something,” she said.

Within three weeks, Ms. Howard was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

By this time, the tumor had grown and was putting pressure on the arteries and veins in his head and a blood clot had formed in his neck.

She was admitted to the hospital almost immediately and began her six-month chemotherapy treatment.

Fortunately, Ms. Howard is now four months in and her treatment is effectively shrinking the tumor.

It has been very hard. At first what helped me was to have gratitude for the situation. It’s a horrible situation, but it could be a lot worse,” she said.

Ms. Howard said that while she believes she has

Ms. Howard said that while she thinks she is “lucky” to have been diagnosed with a treatable form of blood cancer, she wishes she had taken her symptoms to a doctor sooner.

While Ms. Howard said she has been “lucky” to have been diagnosed with a treatable cancer, she wishes she had taken the time to see a doctor before her symptoms got out of control.

Ms Howard had a simple message for World Blood Cancer Day this weekend: check your symptoms with your GP.

‘The earlier you can get on top of these things, the more likely you are to have less treatment. Do it for the people around you. It impacts them as much as it does you,” she said.

Ms. Howard suggests making a list of any worrying or new symptoms you develop to give doctors a clear idea of ​​what you’re struggling with.

For World Blood Cancer Day, Ms Howard has urged people experiencing strange symptoms to get checked because

For World Blood Cancer Day, Ms Howard has urged people experiencing strange symptoms to get checked out because “the sooner they can get these things under control, the less likely they are to have treatment”.

The Leukemia Foundation found that about 78 per cent of Australians are unsure if they know the symptoms of blood cancer despite about 50 people being diagnosed every day.

The executive director of the Leukemia Foundation, Chris Tanti, said that the symptoms of blood cancer are often subtle and similar to those of an infection.

He urged people to be vigilant for recurrent infections, increased fatigue, night sweats, bone pain, bruising or swollen lymph nodes.

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