Risk Factors

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Adult Hodgkin Lymphoma
Risk factors for adult Hodgkin lymphoma include the following:

  • Being in young or late adulthood
  • Being male
  • Being infected with the Epstein-Barr virus
  • Having a first-degree relative (parent, brother, or sister) with Hodgkin lymphoma

Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 
Risk factors for adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma include the following:

  • Being older, male, or white
  • Having one of the following medical conditions:
    • An inherited immune disorder (for example, hypogammaglobulinemia or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
    • An autoimmune disease (for example, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or Sjögren's syndrome)
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Human T-lymphotrophic virus type I or Epstein-Barr virus
    • A history of Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Taking immunosuppressantdrugs after an organ transplant
  • Being exposed to certain pesticides
  • A diet high in meats and fat
  • Past treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma
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