Risk Factors for Leukemia
List of Risk Factors for Leukemia
The list of risk factors mentioned for Leukemia in various sources includes:
Risk factors discussion:
By studying large numbers of people all over the world,
researchers have found certain risk
factors that increase a person's risk of getting
leukemia. For example, exposure to large amounts of
high-energy radiation increases the risk of getting leukemia.
Such radiation was produced by the atomic bomb explosions in
Japan during World War II. In nuclear power plants, strict
safety rules protect workers and the public from exposure to
harmful amounts of radiation.
Some research suggests that exposure to electromagnetic
fields is a possible risk factor for leukemia.
(Electromagnetic fields are a type of low-energy radiation
that comes from power lines and electric appliances.) However,
more studies are needed to prove this link.
conditions can increase the risk for leukemia. One such
condition is Down's syndrome; children born with this syndrome
are more likely to get leukemia than other children.
Workers exposed to certain chemicals over a long period of
time are at higher risk for leukemia. Benzene is one of these
chemicals. Also, some of the drugs used to treat other types
of cancer may increase a person's risk of getting leukemia.
However, this risk is very small when compared with the
benefits of chemotherapy.
Scientists have identified a virus that seems to increase
the risk for one very uncommon type of leukemia. However, this
virus has no known association with common forms of leukemia.
Scientists throughout the world continue to study viruses and
other possible risk factors for leukemia. By learning what
causes this disease, researchers hope to better understand how
to prevent and treat it. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Leukemia: NCI)
Risks factors for Leukemia: medical news summaries:
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About risk factors:
Risk factors for Leukemia are factors that do not seem
to be a direct cause of the disease,
but seem to be associated in some way.
Having a risk factor for Leukemia
makes the chances
of getting a condition higher but does
not always lead to Leukemia.
Also, the absence of any risk factors
or having a protective factor does not necessarily
guard you against getting Leukemia.
For general information and a list of risk factors,
see the risk center.
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