Hodgkin’s Risk Factors

Immune system impairment, as a result of exposure to environmental carcinogens, toxins, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, solvents, viruses, and bacteria, almost certainly plays a role in the development of Hodgkins Lymphoma (HL). As a result, exposure to these items can elevate the risk of developing HL.

The following risk factors are associated with a person’s increased chances of developing HL:

  • Genetics / Family History of HL this seems to be true even though no hereditary pattern has been firmly established at this time
  • Exposure to various environmental carcinogens, toxins, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and/or solvents
  • Exposure to various viruses and bacteria, including Epstein-Barr, human or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

However, it is very important to remember that if you have one or more of the above risk factors, then it does not mean that you will get Hodgkins Lymphoma. Most people affected by one or more of the above risk factors never develop the disease. In addition, many people who are diagnosed with the disease have no identifiable risk factors at all.

Causes

The exact causes of Hodgkins Lymphoma (HL) are, at the current date, not known. However, Immune System impairment, as a result of exposure to environmental carcinogens, toxins, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, solvents, viruses, and bacteria, almost certainly plays a role in the development of the disease.

At the current time, doctors cannot explain why one person gets Hodgkins Lymphoma and another (exposed to the same factors) does not. However, it is known that Hodgkins Lymphoma cannot be caused by an injury and that you cannot get it by being in contact with a person who has the disease.

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