Leukemia - What Increases Your Risk
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.
General risk factors for leukemia
Other risk factors for AML
Other risk factors for CLL
Your family history. In some cases, CLL runs in families.
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.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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