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Causes of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Causes of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a life-threatening cancer that may be caused by workplace exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, such as benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and Roundup (glyphosate). Although no one knows exactly what causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the incidence of this cancer is on the rise, and many experts are concerned that toxic chemicals could be responsible.

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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by cancer caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Tort Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Causing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to Rise?

No one knows what is causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases to increase in the United States. According to a study published in 2000 by the National Cancer Institute, between 1973 and 1997, there was an 81% increase in new cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with a 4% increase every year since 1950.

In the last decade, new cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have leveled off. However, in 2013, experts estimate that 70,000 Americans will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with a lifetime risk of about 1 in 50. The exact cause behind the majority of these cases is unknown.

What Causes Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

According to the National Cancer Institute, the most common causes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:

  • Weak immune system
  • Medications that weaken the immune system
  • Bone marrow transplant or organ transplant patients: Patients must use medications that weaken the immune system after a transplant
  • Genetic conditions: Approximately 25% of people with certain rare genetic conditions that cause immunodeficiencies develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in B-cell lymphocytes.
  • Infections and viruses: HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and more.
  • Age: More than 95% of people who get non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are adults, and more than half are over the age of 65. The risk increases with age.

Workplace Exposure to Carcinogenic Chemicals may Cause Lymphoma

Many studies have established that carcinogenic chemicals can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Carcinogens are chemicals that alter DNA inside a cell and can potentially cause it to become cancerous. Individuals who develop cancer after exposed to high levels of these chemicals in the workplace may qualify for a lawsuit.

Causes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include the following carcinogens:

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