08/04/2010 // New York, NY, USA // Get Cancer Answers // Cancer Answers

A new study shows that people infected with hepatitis B are twice as likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a form of blood cancer. Previously it was established that the hepatitis C infection was linked with an increased risk of NHL, but only recently studies have been conducted linking hepatitis B and NHL. Liver infection caused by the hepatitis is believed to result in sustained immune system activation that may trigger white blood cells to develop DNA mutations leading to NHL.

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