The causes for Hodgkin’s lymphoma are unknown and continue to be the subject of extensive research. At the OSUCCC – James, expert medical researchers continually focus on ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure cancer.

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 Hodgkin’s lymphoma as early as possible, and patients are experiencing improved outcomes, faster responses to treatment and fewer side effects.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Risk Factors

The risk factors for Hodgkin’s are unknown at this time.

Anything that increases the chance of developing Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a risk factor.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma risk factors include:

  • A prior history of infectious mononucleosis
  • Having a relative with lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

Very few people with infectious mononucleosis will develop Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Family history of lymphoma is very uncommon and most patients with Hodgkin’s don’t have any history of lymphoma in their family. Fewer than 5% of all cases with Hodgkin’s are inherited.


If you have received a Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a lymphoma specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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