• If someone in my family has leukemia, am I at a higher risk of getting it?

    Asked by grannys on Saturday, January 19, 2013

    If someone in my family has leukemia, am I at a higher risk of getting it?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Granny, there is no evidence to support the fact that leukemia is passed through the bloodline. It carries no familial component. While there is a subtype of people that it seems to affect, like jewish people, it is not passed down from generation to generation. I hope this puts your mind at ease. My best to you, Carm.

      about 4 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar
      Shoeless

      Leuchemia is not hereditary. Not all the causes are known but there are a few things which have been proven to cause or contribute to leuchemia. One of the worst is benzene, which is present in cigarette smoke, so if a family is exposed to several smokers, that family can have a higher than normal incidence.

      about 4 years ago

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