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  • People who reported childhood chickenpox 47% less likely to have Hodgkin’s lymphoma

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    Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:20 pm Email this article

    People who reported a history of childhood chickenpox 47% less likely to have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma compared with those that reported not having had childhood measles according to a 2005 study.

    “In conclusion, the present results give some support to the hypothesis that infections with common childhood pathogens may protect from Hodgkin’s lymphoma or, at least, be correlated to some other early exposure that may lower the risk of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in adult life,” Dr. Montello commented in an email.


    The study enrolled 225 patients, 18 years or older, with histologically confirmed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 62 patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and 504 controls with no signs of cancer.


    Maurizio Montella, MD. Childhood Infections and the Risk of Lymphomas: a Case-Control Study. Abstract 119-P. Presented on June 4, 2005 at the European Society of Medical Oncology Scientific & Educational Conference.

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