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Risk Factors for Hodgkins and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

The cause of Hodgkins lymphoma is unknown. However, doctors believe immune system problems as well as age may increase a person's chance of developing this disease.

  • Hodgkins lymphoma has two peak time frames: between the ages of 15 and 40 and in people over age 55. However, the disease can affect anyone.
  • Males are typically more at risk of developing Hodgkins lymphoma.
  • Those who have been infected with the Epstein-Barr virus are more likely to develop Hodgkins lymphoma.
  • Having a parent or sibling with Hodgkins lymphoma also increases risk of the disease.
  • Non-Hodgkins is most commonly found in people in their 60s and 70s. However, the disease can affect anyone.
  • People with auto-immune disorders, including HIV and AIDS, are more likely to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
  • People who have received an organ transplant have a high risk of developing non-Hodgkins. This is because they must take drugs that suppress the immune system.