Reducing Your Risk of Hodgkin Lymphoma
Most lymphoma cannot be prevented at this time. One reason is that the cause is not always clear. Another reason is that some risk factors cannot be prevented. This includes things like a family history of lymphoma.
Things that weaken the immune system may raise the risk of lymphoma. To keep a strong immune system:
- Quit smoking —Smoking makes it harder to fight infections and heal wounds. Quitting smoking is an important step in preventing Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers. The sooner smoking is stopped, the sooner the body can start to heal.
- Manage exposures —Pesticides are commonly used to kill insects. They may be linked to lymphoma. Avoid using them, when possible. When using pesticides, follow instructions carefully and avoid direct contact. This may include wearing a mask, gloves, goggles, and protective clothing. Proper air flow may also help reduce exposure.
- Protect against HIV infection—HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. To prevent it, practice safe sex and avoid IV drug use.
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- Pesticides: Safe and effective use in the home and landscape. University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources website. Available at: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74126.html.
- Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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