The lymphatic system is a system of vessels and filters that help rid the body of toxins and waste. The system contains a fluid called lymph. Lymph carries white blood cells to all parts of the bodies to help fight infection. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system that affects the body's ability to produce lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell. You may be wondering what causes lymphoma? There are many different causes of lymphoma, but here are some of the ten most common.
Some infections such as the Epstein-Barr and Heliobacter pylori are associated with increased risk for lymphoma. Most people in the world are infected with the Epstein-Barr virus and do not know it. It is often asymptomatic unless some type of low immune system event triggers it. It is usually linked to Hodgkin type lymphomas. Other infections associated with lymphomas include HIV/AIDS, human T-lymphotropic virus, and human herpesvirus- (HHV-8).
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