Leukemia Prevention

Reducing Your Risk of Leukemia

Although we don’t know the exact cause of leukemia, we are aware of common risk factors that may be associated with developing it.

Leukemia Risk Factors

You are more likely to get leukemia if you:

  • Have been exposed to certain chemicals, such as benzene
  • Have been exposed to a large amount of radiation
  • Have had chemotherapy for another type of cancer
  • Have Down syndrome or other genetic problems
  • Smoke tobacco