Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Risk Factors
There are several risk factors associated with Hodgkin’s disease. Having one of these risk factors does not necessarily mean you will get the disease, but if you have any of these risk factors, please discuss them with your health care provider.
- Family history – an identical twin has a high risk of developing Hodgkin’s disease if the other twin is diagnosed. Also, brothers and sisters of a young person diagnosed with Hodgkin’s have an increased risk of developing the disease
- HIV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B – the risk is greater in patients infected with HIV
- Geography – Hodgkin’s is most common in the U.S., Canada, and northern Europe. It is least common in Asian countries
- Epstein-Barr virus – patients that have been infected with the Epstein –Barr virus, also known as mono, have an increased risk of developing the disease