Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Burkitt Lymphoma Underlying Cause

The exact cause for Burkitt lymphoma is unknown, but genetics is thought to play a role in determining susceptibility to cancer. Some researchers have found evidence linking Burkitt's lymphoma to Epstein-Barr virus.

Genes control the functions inside a cell. Special genes control how cells divide and grow. Cancer occurs when the damaged genes stimulate the cell to multiply out of control. The exact cause for this damage is unknown.


  • DNA
  • Genes on chromosomes
  • Cancer cells
  • Cancer cell division

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Last Updated: Mar 15, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Burkitt Lymphoma References
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