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Lymphoma - Causes and Risk Factors

There is no specific cause for lymphoma, but some factors that can increase the risk of lymphoma include:

  • Age – Some types of lymphoma are more common in young adults while others are more commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 55.
  • Gender – Males are slightly more likely to develop lymphoma compared to females.
  • An impaired immune system – Lymphoma is more common in people with diseases that affect the immune system (like autoimmune diseases) or in people who take drugs that suppress their immune system.
  • Infection – Some infections are associated with an increased risk of lymphoma such as Epstein-Barr virus and Helicobacter pylori infection.

Lymphoma - Preparing for surgery

Lymphoma - Post-surgery care