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The Common Risk Factors For Leukemia

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, it’s very natural to question what contributed your leukemia. Or rather, what caused you to be among the 30,000 adults and 2,000 kids who are diagnosed with this common cancer of the blood cells, annually in the U.S.?

Although the exact cause of leukemia hasn’t been pinpointed, medical researchers have pinpointed a list of nine specific risk factors that increase the risk for developing leukemia during a lifetime…

1. Smoking

Even though smoking doesn’t outright cause leukemia, a cigarette-sucking habit is clearly linked to increasing the propensity of acute myeloid leukemia. In fact, studies show that smoking increases your chances of developing leukemia by 30-percent, which amounts to approximately 3,600 new diagnoses each year in the U.S.

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