The link between Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Mono

Teenagers and college-age young people frequently contract mononucleosis, an easily-spread disease brought on by the Epstein Barr virus and characterized chiefly by extreme fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. It can last days, weeks, even months.

It's also common for parents of kids with mononucleosis to hear that there is a strong link between that disease and lymphoma, causing an understandable amount of panic. Fortunately, Dr. Judith Palfrey, writing for US News & World Report recently cleared up this confusion.

Dr. Palfrey writes that scientists see a vague "sort of association" between mono and Hodgkin's lymphoma, and that mono is indeed one risk factor for developing Hodgkin's.

However, the very rare nature of Hodgkin's Lymphoma (she says that of 100,000 people between the ages of 15-24, just 4 may develop Hodgkin's) makes the association extremely slim, and the chances of developing it from mono excessively small.

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