American actress and activist Jane Fonda is suffering from cancer. She made the announcement on her Instagram account this Friday evening, September 2. The actress considered herself lucky, she suffers from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the opportunity to look into what this type of cancer is.
“I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started chemotherapy treatments. (…) It is a completely curable cancer. 80% of people survive, so I feel very lucky “, indicated on September 2 the 84-year-old actress on her Instagram account.
Jane Fonda’s message was intended to be reassuring and was an opportunity for her to recall that she did not intend to let this cancer encroach on her commitment to the front of the climate cause.
What is this cancer?
A non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, or of the immune system. On its website, health insurance indicates that this cancer is “characterized by abnormal proliferation of B or T cells. It can reach the lymph nodes and/or any organ: digestive tract, skin, testicles, etc. It leads to an overall drop in immunity.“
There are many different types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, says Ameli: “From one case to another, the symptoms, the development of the disease and the body’s reaction to treatment are different. However, many patients recover.” .
How does it develop?
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are therefore divided into two categories, those with very rapid evolution, called “aggressive” and those with slow evolution, called “indolent”. They affect respectively 50 to 60% of patients and 50 to 40% of patients.
The former therefore require very rapid treatment, while the latter can take years to develop.
In her message sent on social networks, Jane Fonda underlines: “We also need to talk a lot more about not just the cures but also the causes so that we can eliminate them. For example, people need to know that fossil fuels cause cancer. The same goes for pesticides, many of which are based on fossil fuels.”
If Ameli specifies that “the exact causes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are not known”, she usually evokes an association of several behavioral, environmental and genetic risk factors.
Among the so-called “environmental” risks are then mentioned exposure to toxic products such as pesticides, pesticides. A link confirmed in 2021 by an expertise carried out by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research.
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