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Definition of Lymphoma

Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes which can be caused by certain carcinogenic substances. It is a type of immune system cancer and can include Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Claimants who have lymphoma will see malignant cancer cells multiply at an alarming rate. These cells form tumors which can crowd out healthy cells.

There have been various studies throughout the 1980's through 2000 which have tried to establish a relationship between asbestos' exposure in the workplace to a higher incidence of lymphoma. Some studies in Sweden and in Los Angeles found an association with occupational asbestos exposure and lymphoma. Other studies have found a much weaker link. Generally experts have decided that more research is needed to define the risks between asbestos and exposure and lymphoma. Recent research in 2007 which reviewed the commercial use of amosite asbestos at three factories found mortality rates from lung cancer as well as elevated mortality rates from mesothelioma were more common than lymphoma.

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