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A 23-year-old male asked:

if tested for lymphoma previously and came up negative before due to having an aunt pass because of it could you still have a chance to develop it?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Why do you ask?: You're 23 years old. Your risk for lymphoma is very low; the highest risk is Hodgkin's which is usually curable nowadays. A person can develop lymphoma at any age, but it's not very likely. If you have fever, weight loss, or night sweats, look for some other case -- TB, endocarditis, other possible causes.

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