Some things can increase your chances of getting leukemia. These things are called risk factors. But many people who get leukemia don't have any of these risk factors. And some people who have risk factors don't get this cancer.
Exposure to chemicals, such as benzene and formaldehyde.
Other risk factors for CLL
Your family history. In some cases,
CLL runs in
Being middle-aged or older, male, and white.
Being infected with a virus known as HTLV-1.
Other risk factors for CML
Having a gene change (mutation) called the Philadelphia chromosome.
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November 14, 2014
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