Childhood Hodgkin's Disease Risk Factors

Risk factors for childhood Hodgkin’s disease include the following:

  • Age: Hodgkin’s disease is most common in young people between the ages of 15 and 19.
  • Gender: Hodgkin’s disease is slightly more common in girls than in boys. In children younger than five years, it is more common in boys than in girls.
  • Specific viral infections: Being infected with the Epstein-Barr virus increases a child’s chances of developing Hodgkin’s disease.
  • Genetics: Children who have a brother or sister with Hodgkin’s disease are more likely to also develop the disease than a child whose siblings are not affected by the disease.