So, as of February 9, 2017 (I know it's a year old, but I'm just learning it now and maybe others don't know), scientists have linked the risk of developing CLL to the inheritance of nine regions of DNA, five of which help white blood cells fight disease. These new variants affecting the immune system were each individually associated with an increased risk up to 17% of developing CLL. Two were in the regoins of DNA that have previously been linked with autoimmune disorders (ie. lupus and MS).
As of now they have found 41 DNA changes that influence the risk of developing CLL. There were 6,200 patients with CLL in this study, so it wasn't a small research project by any means.
So, to break it down, what they are saying is that, even though CLL is a cancer of the blood it is basically an immune system disorder. My take on this....boosting the immune system could help your body combat the disease itself. I may be wrong, but I have a pretty good feeling about it. I will be using that knowledge to help my nana, since she is the loved one that I joined this site for. I will keep y'all posted on how that goes.
Not sure if anyone will find this post helpful, but I was called to share and grateful to find the article. The website it can be found at is cancertutor.com/research-ca...
Thanks for letting me share.