Knowledge about leukemia risk factors can be valuable. If you’re feeling uncertain about your own risk, the oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, can provide advice and guidance that is custom-tailored to your unique circumstances. This individualized information can not only inspire you make healthy lifestyle choices that can provide risk-reduction benefits over the long run, but also teach you to recognize early signs of leukemia so that you can seek prompt medical attention if appropriate.
When thinking about your individual risk profile, it’s important to keep in mind that leukemia risk factors can be helpful, but they are not definitive. In other words, there is no way to predict with any degree of certainty who will or will not develop leukemia. A risk factor is simply a characteristic, behavior or exposure that has been found to indicate the potential for an increased risk of developing the condition. Having one or more known risk factors may warrant heightened vigilance and proactive follow-up for possible symptoms, such as unexplained fatigue or painless lumps that develop in the neck, underarm or groin area.
When assessing your personal risk level, your physician in the Malignant Hematology Program at Moffitt in Tampa, FL, may discuss some of the more common leukemia risk factors, which include:
- Family history – Genetic predisposition is a strong risk factor for leukemia
- Hereditary conditions – Down syndrome and Li-Fraumeni syndrome are believed to be associated with an elevated risk of leukemia
- Prior cancer treatments – Patients who have received chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the past have an increased likelihood of developing leukemia
- Exposure to certain chemicals – Tobacco smoke, pesticides, industrial solvents and benzene (which is found in gasoline) are also linked to leukemia
If you have a strong family history of leukemia or believe you may be at risk for other reasons, you are encouraged to review your leukemia risk factors with a physician at Moffitt. We can recommend appropriate screening, surveillance and counseling services that utilize the very latest breakthroughs in imaging, biomarker testing and genetic risk assessment. This is just one of the many ways that our team can provide you with the peace of mind you need and deserve.
To request an appointment to discuss your personal leukemia risk factors with an oncologist in the Malignant Hematoma Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We see patients with and without referrals.