Although there is continuing research, at this time no single factor has been proven to cause this disease.
There is no supportive research indicating that this is a genetic or hereditary disease. Past studies do not show connections between chemical exposure, environment, pesticides, radiation, allergies and occupations. Exposure to Agent Orange may be a risk factor for developing cutaneous lymphoma for veterans of the Vietnam War, but no direct cause-effect relationship has been established.
While the disease is not contagious or directly inherited, epidemiologists – the scientists who study patterns of disease in populations – have identified factors in the distribution of cutaneous lymphoma that may eventually help determine what causes the disease. These factors include age, gender, immune system genes, geography and ethnic background.
Click here to learn about a recent epidemiology study funded by the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation.