Cancer

Causes of Blood Cancer

Immune System Problems
Immune System Problems

A weakened immune system allows cancer to spread more freely. The AIDS virus, for example, raises the risk of blood cancer by 50 to 100 times. Sometimes, the body’s defenses mistake normal, healthy cells for intruders and results in autoimmune disease.

 

Exposure to Radiation
Exposure to Radiation

Radiation therapy raises the chances of blood cancer considerably. The high-energy beams may cause blood or marrow cells to mutate, but medical advancements, fortunately, have reduced this risk.

Family History
Family History

Herbicides, pesticides, solvents and water contaminated with nitrate chemicals may all cause blood cancer. Found in gasoline and cigarette smoke, benzene has been linked with two types of leukemia.

Viruses
Viruses

The Epstein-Barr virus in Africa and the HTLV-I viruses in the Caribbean, Japan have both been linked to lymphoma. Another virus under investigation is HTLV-I, which appears to cause T-cell leukemia.

Exposure to Chemicals
Exposure to Chemicals

Herbicides, pesticides, solvents and water contaminated with nitrate chemicals may all cause blood cancer. Found in gasoline and cigarette smoke, benzene has been linked with two types of leukemia

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