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Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get Hodgkin's lymphoma; not having risk factors doesn't mean that you will not get Hodgkin's lymphoma. Some risk factors are out of your control, such as age or gender. Known risk factors for Hodgkin's lymphoma include the following:
Age:Occurs most often in people between ages 15 and 40, and in people over the age of 55.
Family history:Off-spring, brothers and sisters of those with Hodgkin's lymphoma have a higher-than-average chance of developing this disease.
Sex: Slightly more common in men than in women
Infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV):Infection with the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis (also called "mono") has been linked to Hodgkin's disease.
Infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): Infection with this virus, which causes AIDS, has also been linked to an increase risk of Hodgkin's disease.
Weakened immune system: Inherited condition or the use of immunosuppressant drugs to prevent organ transplant rejection
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.