Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Risk Factors

The causes leading to the development of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are not well known; however factors are suspected.

  • AIDS / HIV – those with AIDS / HIV are at high risk of having lymphoma. In addition, people who have weakened immune system due to certain conditions such as malnutrition and Immunosuppression are at risk.
  • Age – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is more common among people in their 60s or older.
  • Genetic  – genetic factors may predispose you to have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; the risk is even higher if you live in a carcinogenic environment.
  • Infection  – certain viral and bacterial infections are suspected in the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma:
  1. a)helicobacter pylori
  2. b)hepatitis C virus
  3. c)Epstein-Barr virus
  4. d)HTLV-1 (Human T lymphoma / leukemia virus)
  5. e)herpes virus – HHV 6 and HHV 8.

Some immunosuppressive diseases: 

  • lupus
  • sarcoidosis
  • scleroderma
  • Celiac Disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome. 

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