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Hodgkin's Lymphoma Causes & Risks


The cause of Hodgkin's lymphoma is unknown. It is likely related to complex genetic and environmental factors that lead to alteration of the immune system. There are some compelling pieces of data to suggest that it is caused by a virus, and the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has been considered.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

Risk factors include:

  • Sex: male
  • Ages: 15-40 and over 55
  • Family history
  • History of infectious mononucleosis or infection with Epstein-Barr virus, the causative agent of mononucleosis
  • Weakened immune system, including infection with HIV or the presence of AIDS
  • Prolonged use of human growth hormone

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2016 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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