Patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) may be able to help prevent the disease by not smoking.

Using tobacco or having previous exposure to chemotherapy or radiation may increase the risk for developing ALL, and a few inherited syndromes are also risk factors for ALL.

At the OSUCCC – James, expert researchers continually focus on studying blood cancers and prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. In fact, the OSUCCC – James is consistently paving the way in leading-edge therapies and discoveries, leading to even more highly targeted care and treatment.

Couple that with world-renowned diagnostic experts and the most advanced diagnostic techniques to enable physicians to detect ALL as early as possible, and patients are experiencing improved outcomes, faster responses to treatment and fewer side effects.

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Risk Factors

Anything that increases the chance of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a risk factor.

ALL is usually diagnosed in children, with children under 5 years old at highest risk for the disease. Adults can develop ALL (also called acute lymphocytic leukemia in adults), with boys and men at slightly higher risk for ALL than are girls and women.

Other risk factors include:

  • Being Caucasian (ALL is diagnosed more often in whites)
  • Being older than 70 years of age
  • Past treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Being exposed to radiation from an atomic bomb
  • Having certain genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

Not everyone with risk factors gets ALL. If you have risk factors, however, it’s important to talk with your doctor.


If you’ve been diagnosed with leukemia, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a leukemia specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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