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Some factors associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, like some viral infections, are usually not unavoidable. However, some factors that contribute to a weakened immune system can be modified. To keep your immune system strong:

  • Quit smoking—For people who smoke, it takes the body longer to fight infections and heal wounds. Quitting smoking is an important step in preventing non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers. The sooner smoking is stopped, the sooner the body can start to heal. Talk to your doctor about the options available to help you successfully quit.
  • Manage exposures—Insecticides, fertilizers, solvents, and radon gas are common exposures. Follow instructions carefully and avoid direct contact. This may include wearing a mask, gloves, goggles, and protective clothing. Using proper ventilation can also help reduce your exposure. Radon gas levels in your home can be measured by a professional or with a home test kit.
  • Decrease the risk of HIV exposure—Take precautions during sexual activity with a partner. This includes using latex condoms consistently and correctly.

References:

Condom fact sheet in brief. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/brief.html. Updated March 25, 2013. Accessed March 30, 2016.

Consumer's guide to radon reduction. Environmental Protection Agency website. Available at: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/2013_consumers_guide_to_radon_reduction.pdf. Updated March 2013. Accessed March 30, 2016.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003126-pdf.pdf. Accessed March 30, 2016.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116014/Non-Hodgkin-lymphoma-NHL. Updated May 5, 2016. Accesses October 6, 2016.

Non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/hematology-and-oncology/lymphomas/non-hodgkin-lymphomas. Updated October 2012. Accessed March 30, 2016.

Radon in the home. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/brochure/profile_radon.htm. Updated January 15, 2016. Accessed March 30, 2016.



Last reviewed March 2015 by Mohei Abouzied, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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