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What causes small lymphocytic lymphoma?

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Doctors don't know exactly what causes it. You can't "catch" SLL like you do a cold or infection. It's also not passed on from parents to children.

The disease is rare in people under 50; the average age that people get diagnosed is 65. It affects men more than women.

You have a higher risk of getting SLL if you:

  • Have a condition that causes you to have a weak immune system, like HIV/AIDS
  • Have had chemotherapy
  • Live or work in a farming community

From: Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Overview," "What Is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Get Information and Support."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "CLL/SLL Overview"

MacMillan Cancer Support:  "Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma," "Tests for CLL."

Leukaemia Foundation: Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)."

Leukaemia Care: "Small lymphocytic lymphoma SLL)."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Lymph Node Biopsy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Overview," "What Is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Get Information and Support."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "CLL/SLL Overview"

MacMillan Cancer Support:  "Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma," "Tests for CLL."

Leukaemia Foundation: Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)."

Leukaemia Care: "Small lymphocytic lymphoma SLL)."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Lymph Node Biopsy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

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