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Hodgkin's Lymphoma Risk Factors  

Although the cause of Hodgkin's lymphoma is not yet known, several factors are suspected in contributing to its occurrence:  

Age - Hodgkin lymphoma tends to occur in two separate age groups: young adults between 15 and 35 and seniors over 55 years; 

Sex - Hodgkin lymphoma is more common among males; 

HIV/AIDS – you have a higher risk to develop Hodgkin lymphoma if you are HIV positive. In addition, any medical condition or treatment that weakens your immune system puts you in danger of becoming a Hodgkin lymphoma victim. 

Being in a developed country - the incidence of Hodgkin lymphoma is higher in developed countries: United States, Canada and countries in the Northern Europe;  

Family history - although genetic factors do not play any role in the occurrence of Hodgkin's lymphoma, if you have a close family member with the disease, your risk is higher comparably to other people who do not;  

Having Mono (infectious mononucleosis) - Infectious mononucleosis is a disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It is also known as “kissing disease” because the virus is transmitted by saliva; having it increases your chance of developing Hodgkin's lymphoma.  


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