Any substance or condition that increases cancer risk is referred to as a risk factor. There isn’t a known, single cause of leukemia. Most cancers are the result of many risk factors. However, some people with leukemia do not have any identifiable risk factors.
Different types of leukemia have different risk factors. One risk factor may not increase the risk for all types of leukemia. Not all risk factors for the different types of leukemia are listed below.
Men are more likely than women to develop leukemia. The risk for developing most types of leukemia increases with age.
The following factors are known to increase the risk of developing some types of leukemia:
Being overweight or obese is a possible risk factor for leukemia. This means that it has an association with leukemia, but there is not enough evidence to say that it is a known risk.
The following are unknown factors for which there is not enough evidence or the evidence is inconclusive. In other words, it can’t be determined for sure whether these risks factors are or are not associated with leukemia:
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