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Microsoft’s Paul Allen diagnosed with cancer

Paul Allen and Bill Gates, seen together in 1981

Paul Allen and Bill Gates, seen together in 1981

The man who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates has cancer. Paul Allen, America’s 17th-richest man according to Forbes magazine, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

It’s not the first time Allen has suffered a major health scare. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1983. That prompted him to leave Microsoft for therapy, which included a bone marrow transplant.

The Seattle Times, quoting the American Cancer Society, says that lymphoma is a cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes in the body’s immune system.

Non-Hodgkin’s “is a fast growing lymphoma, but it often responds well to treatment with chemotherapy. Overall, about three out of four people will have no signs of disease after initial treatment, and about half of all people with this lymphoma are cured with therapy.”

Risk factors include a weakened immune system, which can result from drugs taken during a transplant procedure.  — Staff reporter, TechCentral

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