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What increases the risk for childhood leukemia?

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The risk for childhood leukemia increases if your child has:

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 such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Down syndrome, or Klinefelter syndrome
  • An inherited immune system problem such as 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 such as 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 9/11/2017

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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