Did You Know Q3 2015
- CLL is not officially diagnosed by simply finding a lymphocyte count of greater than 5,000 cells per microliter of blood on a blood test. It is diagnosed only when finding more than 5,000 clonal B-lymphocytes per microliter of blood that match the criteria for CLL.
- CLL is more common in men and in Ashkenazi Jews and less common in Asians for reasons that are not well understood.
- Exposure to Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War, has been associated with an increased risk of developing CLL, possibly due to the contamination of Agent Orange with dioxin.
- Some patients with low-risk CLL have the same life expectancy as matched controls without CLL.
Originally published in The CLL Tribune Q4 2015.