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.