Chronic lymphocytic leukemia’s causes continue to be the subject of extensive research, so scientists are constantly investigating ways that the disease can be stopped and even prevented.

At the OSUCCC – James, expert scientific researchers continually focus on ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure blood diseases. 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 CLL as early as possible, and patients are experiencing improved outcomes, faster responses to treatment and fewer side effects.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Risk Factors

Anything that increases the chance of developing chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a risk factor.

CLL occurs most often in men, and the average age at diagnosis for both men and women is 72.

Other risk factors include:

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Being male
  • Being Caucasian (white)
  • Having a family history of CLL or cancer of the lymph system
  • Having Russian Jewish relatives or Eastern European Jewish relatives

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

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


If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic 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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