Frequent question: Are there environmental or health factors that can cause lymphoma?

What is the main cause of lymphoma?

Doctors aren’t sure what causes lymphoma. But it begins when a disease-fighting white blood cell called a lymphocyte develops a genetic mutation. The mutation tells the cell to multiply rapidly, causing many diseased lymphocytes that continue multiplying.

Are there environmental or health factors that can cause Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

Exposure to pesticides has been associated with an increased incidence of Hodgkin’s disease in some, but not all, clinical studies. Exposure to low levels of radiation may cause an increased incidence of Hodgkin’s disease.

Is lymphoma genetic or environmental?

Some people inherit DNA mutations from a parent that increase their risk for some types of cancer. Having a family history of lymphoma (Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, CLL) does seem to increase your risk of lymphoma. Gene changes related to NHL are usually acquired during life, rather than being inherited.

What infections can cause lymphoma?

Lymphomas are perhaps the cancer type that is most closely associated with oncogenic viruses: infection with EBV, human T-lymphotropic virus 1 (HTLV-1), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus/human herpesvirus 8, and hepatitis C virus have all been associated with lymphomagenesis.

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What was your first lymphoma symptom?

The best way to find HL early is to be on the lookout for possible symptoms. The most common symptom is enlargement or swelling of one or more lymph nodes, causing a lump or bump under the skin which usually doesn’t hurt. It’s most often on the side of the neck, in the armpit, or in the groin.

Can stress cause lymphoma?

There is no evidence that stress can make lymphoma (or any type of cancer) worse. Remember: scientists have found no evidence to suggest that there’s anything you have, or have not done, to cause you to develop lymphoma. It is important, however, to find ways to manage stress.

Where does lymphoma usually start?

Lymphoma is cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. When you have lymphoma, lymphocytes change and grow out of control.

Can lymphoma be cured?

Overall, treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma is highly effective and most people with the condition are eventually cured.

Can you have mono and lymphoma?

Background. Infectious mononucleosis–related Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) infection has been associated with an increased risk of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in young adults.

Are you born with lymphoma?

Family history. Lymphoma is not passed on from parent to child (inherited). Most people who have a close family member with lymphoma or another blood cancer do not develop lymphoma themselves.

What are lymphoma lumps like?

Although lymphoma lumps often appear in clusters, it is possible to have a single lump. The lumps may be confined to one area of the body, such as the neck, or develop in multiple areas, such as the neck, armpits and groin. Lymphoma lumps have a rubbery feel and are usually painless.

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What does lymphoma look like?

They are most likely to appear on the head, neck, back or legs. You may have small, raised, solid areas of skin (papules) or flatter, thickened areas of skin (plaques). Some people have larger lumps called nodules or tumours, which are often deep-red or purplish in colour. They can ulcerate and become infected.