Some 252 years ago on August 20th, 1798, a man by the name of Thomas Hodgkin was born. Hodgkin became a physician and pathologist; well known for discovering Hodgkin disease in 1832 when he was 64 years of age. Hodgkin disease is a malignant disease of lymph tissue which is also referred to as Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Aside from being a well-known physician and pathologist, Dr. Hodgkin spent much of his life doing philanthropy work such as helping under-developed countries.
According to the American Cancer Society, today, there are 8,480 people diagnosed with Hodgkin disease/lymphoma annually and approximately 970 deaths. Hodgkin disease is most often diagnosed in one’s 20s or after age 55 and is the most common cancer diagnosed in teenagers 15-19 years of age. The ACS states 5-year relative survival rates for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma is about 86%.
Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.
This week we honor Dr. Hodgkin for his discovery of Hodgkin Lymphoma and the contributions he made to medical advancements in his lifetime.