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What are the risk for factors for childhood leukemia?

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Although the risk is small, doctors say children who have things that make leukemia more likely should get regular checkups to spot any problems early.

  • An inherited disorder like Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Down syndrome, or Klinefelter syndrome
  • An inherited immune system problem like ataxia telangiectasia
  • A brother or sister with leukemia, especially an identical twin
  • A history of being exposed to high levels of radiation, chemotherapy, or chemicals like benzene (a solvent)
  • A history of immune system suppression, such as for an organ transplant

From: Childhood Leukemia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/11/2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Childhood Leukemia."

Nemours Foundation: "Childhood Cancer: Leukemia."

FDA: "FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Childhood Leukemia."

Nemours Foundation: "Childhood Cancer: Leukemia."

FDA: "FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 11, 2017

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