Is a person on long term medication (aspirin, bisoprolol,vitamin B1/B6/B12, simvastatin and trimetazidine) because of a heart attack 30 years ago (and no positive family history) at increased risk of developing Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL)?
According to the literature, risk factors for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) are:
- gender: CLL is more frequent in men than in women
- age: CLL is considered to be mainly a disease of older adults, with a median age at diagnosis of 70 years. Although younger individuals (in their 30s-40s) can develop CLL, the incidence rises dramatically with age
- ethnicity: studies have shown that the incidence of CLL varies by race and geographic location: it is higher in caucasians and lower in African Americans or Asian Pacific Islanders.
- genetic/positive family history: the cytogenetic and molecular genetic characteristics of CLL appear to be similar throughout the world suggesting a common genetic alteration. Also, CLL occur with higher frequency among first-degree family members of patients with CLL.
Finally, no clear discernible occupational or environmental risk factors that predispose to CLL have been identified yet. Also, no long term medication has been associated with the development of CLL.