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Is CLL Genetic?
Posted: Mar 08, 2023
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Lydia Scarfò, MD from the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milano, Italy stated they have seen that first-degree relatives of CLL patients are at a higher risk of developing CLL in the future. CLL, however, is a rare disease; even those with a higher genetic predisposition risk still have a low chance of developing the cancer. 

Doctor Scarfò stated if parents, siblings, or children of the CLL patient have no signs or symptoms of CLL, there is no clear advantage to getting tested early. This is because patients are only treated if signs and symptoms of CLL are present. 

To watch Doctor Scarfò's full interview, see below: 

The author Megan Heaps

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Megan Heaps

Megan joined HealthTree in 2022. As a writer and the daughter of a blood cancer patient, she is dedicated to helping patients and their caregivers understand the various aspects of their disease. This understanding enables them to better advocate for themselves and improve their treatment outcomes. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family. 

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