This work presents an epidemiological approach used to deal and study Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) in the Iraqi patients.
This study was carried out for 80 newly diagnosed HL patients (32 females and 48 males), compared with 50 Non Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients control and 50 healthy individuals considered as healthy control in period between 1st of Jun 2003, and 30th of November, 2004. Newly diagnosed HL histopathological samples were taken and diagnosed as HL according to the National Cancer Institute Working Formula. All patients were subjected to personal interview using especially designed questionnaire format.
In this study the age of HL patients ranged between 10-73 years with a mean age of (29.31 ± 1.73) years. There was slight males predominance among HL patients 48 (60%) than females 32 (40%). The age incidence below (45) years old forming 67 (84%), versus13 (16%) incidence above 45 years.
The cervical lymph node enlarged was commonly found (70%) and the main clinical presentation was of A symptom (27%) in HL patients. The highest subtype number was recorded in mixed cellularity (MC) (61%) and stage II (38%). There was no significant association between cigarette smocking and risk of HD (p>0.05).
Such epidemiological study can be performed at any hospital especially in hospitals were lymphoma cases is increased.