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

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