Hodgkin’s Lymphoma can be prevented to an extent by limiting the exposure to HIV and Epstein-Barr virus. So, quitting smoking and reducing exposure to pesticide and cancer causing chemicals can reduce the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma.
Introduction of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Hodgkin lymphoma prevention is difficult because the cause of lymphoma is not always clear. Some known risk factors for Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) can be changed, but there is no sure way to prevent it at this time.
Virus causing HIV/AIDS, increase the risk for Hodgkin lymphoma. One way to limit the exposure is to avoid known risk factors for HIV, such as using intravenous (IV) medications or having unprotected sex with multiple partners. Hence, information about HIV/AIDS and cancer can help prevent Hodgkin lymphoma.
Another risk factor for HL is infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (causing mononucleosis or a single infection), but there is no known way to prevent this infection1.
Most factors associated with an increased risk of HL, such as family history or ethnicity, are also unavoidable. However, since lymphoma begins in the lymphatic system, factors that weaken the immune system may play a role in the pathogenesis of lymphoma. To maintain a strong immune system:
Smokers take longer to fight off infection and heal wounds. Therefore, quitting smoking is an important step in preventing Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. So, the sooner one quits smoking, the faster the body can recover. Talk to the doctor about options that will help to quit smoking successfully.
Manage exposures of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Pesticides and formaldehyde are common exposures that can lead to increased cancer risk. Formaldehyde is a by-product of natural gas, wood, oil, and tobacco combustion. It is very much in use in various household items such as paint, foam insulation, or wallpaper. This may include wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, and protective clothing. Using adequate ventilation can also help reduce the risk2.
- 1.Can Hodgkin Lymphoma Be Prevented? American Cancer Society. Published 2018. Accessed March 2022. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/hodgkin-lymphoma/causes-risks-prevention/prevention.html#written_by
- 2.Health Library-Reducing Your Risk of Hodgkin Lymphoma. Winchester Hospital. Published 2021. Accessed March 2022. https://www.winchesterhospital.org/health-library/article?id=19593