Fast Five Quiz: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

Karen Seiter, MD


August 18, 2021

Figure 1. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, conceptual illustration.

Unlike AML, little is known about the etiology of ALL in adults. While most adults with ALL have no identifiable risk factors, exposure to very high levels of ionizing radiation has been associated with an increased risk for various cancers, including adult ALL.

ALL is slightly more common in men than in women, although the reasons for this are unclear. Exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic radiation, such as from living near power lines or from cell phones, has been investigated as a risk factor for ALL and other cancers, but to date, the evidence of an association is inconclusive.

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