What causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma?   Leave a comment

Taken from kidshealth.org

No one really knows what causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Doctors have identified some risk factors (things that may increase a person’s chances of developing a particular condition) for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. These include conditions that weaken the immune system, such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), taking immune-suppressing medications following organ transplants, and exposure to certain viruses, such as Epstein-Barr virus (the virus that usually causes mono). People who have a brother or sister who has had the disease are also more likely to get non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Of course, just because you’ve had mono or an organ transplant doesn’t mean you’ll get the disease: Most people with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma don’t have any of these risk factors.


Posted July 7, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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