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Persistent swollen neck glands could indicate cancer

Persistent enlarged lymph glands, found in the neck, should be referred for further investigation when detected in clinic, new research led by the University of Exeter Medical School reveals.

More than 14,500 people are diagnosed with a form of lymphoma annually in the UK, and the death rate here is higher than the average across Europe. To reverse this trend and improve prospects, earlier diagnosis is key. 

Professor Willie Hamilton who oversaw the study, said: “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.”