What it is A rare type of lymphoma, a cancer characterized by abnormal cells in the lymphatic system
How common Hodgkin's comprises less than 1 percent of all new U.S. cancer cases, according to the NCI, but most people who develop it are ages 15-34 or over the age of 55.
Red flags The disease can show the same symptoms as leukemia does, as well as itchy skin and painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin.
Risk reduction Again, prompt medical attention can improve survival odds.
Treatment options An X-ray, CAT scan and/or MRI as well as a lymph-node biopsy may be required for a diagnosis. Hodgkin's is often treated with chemotherapy for four to six months, and sometimes is followed with radiation as well.
Survival rate The 10-year survival rate is more than 70 percent.