Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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Reducing your risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

You may lower your risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) by doing the following.

Avoid exposure to pesticides

Lindane is an insecticide that increases the risk of NHL, and other pesticides may possibly increase your risk. Avoid or lower your long-term exposure to pesticides. Avoid using pesticides for cosmetic reasons. If you have to use pesticides, use smaller amounts. Follow occupational health and safety requirements in your province, such as avoiding areas treated with pesticides for a given amount of time. Follow product label instructions on how to safely use pesticides. Wear the recommended protective clothing and equipment, such as gloves or a mask, when applying pesticides.

Have a healthy body weight

Some studies have shown that obesity may increase your risk of NHL. You may lower your risk by having a healthy body weight. Eating well and being physically active can help you have a healthy body weight.

Follow occupational and safety guidelines

Some occupations, such as farming, the rubber industry, wood and forestry, printing and welding, may increase the risk of NHL. Some specific occupational exposures, including trichloroethylene, hair dyes and benzene, may also increase the risk of NHL. Follow occupational and safety guidelines when working with hazardous chemicals.

Find out if you’re at high risk for NHL

Some people can have a higher than average risk for NHL. Talk to your doctor about your risk. If you are at higher than average risk, you may need to visit your doctor more often to check for NHL. Your doctor will recommend what tests you should have and how often you should have them.

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