Dear Anonymous. This is a very important question. To be able to lower one’s risk for Chronic Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (CLL), one
must avoid any of the possible causes or risk factors, all of which is not
always possible. These risk factors include:
Certain chemical exposures – some studies suggest that farming and
long-term exposure to some pesticides (and possibly herbicides) may be linked
to an increased risk for CLL, however, more research is needed
Family history: first-degree relatives (parents, siblings and children)
of CLL patients have more than twice the risk for Adult Chronic Lymphoblastic
Sex – CLL is slightly more common in males.
Gene mutations – scientists know that most cases of leukaemia are
associated with specific gene mutations, but in most cases, it is not clear
what causes those mutations.
Age – CLL is largely a disease of older adults.
A second cancer – individuals with |CLL often has a higher risk of
developing a second cancer. (MCH).
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