Reducing Your Risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
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A risk factor increases your chances of developing cancer. Modifying the following risk factors may help reduce your risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Avoid Exposure to HIV and HTLV-1
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma occurs more often in people who have been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and human T-cell leukemia/lymphoma virus than in those who do not have these infections. Steps to avoid HIV and HTLV-1 infection include:
Take precautions when engaging in sexual intercourse or any other sexual act that results in an exchange of body fluids. Precautions include:
- Abstain from sex.
- Use a latex condom and water-based lubricants.
- Use a female polyurethane condom.
- Limit your number of sexual partners.
- Avoid sexual partners who are HIV-positive or use injected drugs.
- Do not share hypodermic needles with anyone.
Avoid Repeated Exposure to Certain Chemicals
People who work around pesticides, fertilizers, and solvents have a greater chance of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma than people who are not exposed to these chemicals. Avoiding exposure to such agents may decrease your risk.
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Last reviewed February 2003 by ]]>Francine Foss, MD]]>
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