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Title: Medical history, lifestyle, and occupational risk factors for hairy cell leukemia: the InterLymph Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Subtypes Project.
Authors: Monnereau A,  Slager SL,  Hughes AM,  Smith A,  Glimelius B,  Habermann TM,  Berndt SI,  Staines A,  Norman AD,  Cerhan JR,  Sampson JN,  Morton LM,  Clavel J
Journal: J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr
Date: 2014 Aug
Branches: BB, OEEB, REB
PubMed ID: 25174032
PMC ID: PMC4155459
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Little is known about the etiology of hairy cell leukemia (HCL), a rare B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder with marked male predominance. Our aim was to identify key risk factors for HCL. METHODS: A pooled analysis of individual-level data for 154 histologically confirmed HCL cases and 8834 controls from five case-control studies, conducted in Europe and Australia, was undertaken. Age-, race and/or ethnicity-, sex-, and study-adjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated using unconditional logistic regression. RESULTS: The usual patterns for age and sex in HCL were observed, with a median age of 55 years and sex ratio of 3.7 males to females. Cigarette smoking was inversely associated with HCL (OR = 0.51, 95% CI = 0.37 to 0.71) with dose-response relationships observed for duration, frequency, and lifetime cigarette smoking (P(trend) < .001). In contrast, occupation as a farmer was positively associated with HCL (OR = 2.34, 95% CI = 1.36 to 4.01), with a dose-response relationship observed for duration (OR = 1.82, 95% CI = 0.85 to 3.88 for ≤ 10 years vs never; and OR = 2.98, 95% CI = 1.50 to 5.93 for >10 years vs never; P(trend) = .025). Adult height was also positively associated with HCL (OR = 2.69, 95% CI = 1.39 to 5.29 for upper vs lower quartile of height). The observed associations remained consistent in multivariate analysis. CONCLUSIONS: Our observations of an increased risk of HCL from farming exposures and decreased risk from smoking exposures, independent of one another, support a multifactorial origin and an etiological specificity of HCL compared with other non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtypes. The positive association with height is a novel finding that needs replication.