Causes of acute lymphoblastic leukemia? Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer, although it can also occur in adults. ALL is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that occurs when abnormal cells in a part of your body begin to grow out of control. ALL is caused by an increase in white blood cells called lymphocytes. Continue reading here…
Causes of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is still not known. Here are Risk Factors:
Inherited Syndromes – some inherited syndromes exist with genetic changes that raise the risk of ALL. These include:
- Down syndrome
- Klinefelter’s syndrome
- Fanconi’s anemia
- Bloom syndrome
- People who have siblings with ALL are also at an increased risk for the disease.
Race and Gender
African-Americans have shown a higher risk for ALL than Caucasians, and men have a higher risk than women. The reasons for these differences in risk aren’t well understood.
Other Risk Factors
The following have all been studied as possible links to ALL:
- Cigarette smoking
- Long exposure to diesel fuel
- Electromagnetic fields