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What causes hematologic cancers?

Hematologic cancers, like all malignant disorders, are caused by the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells. These abnormal cells arise from normal cells that have undergone a change, making them unable to respond to normal control mechanisms that limit their growth and division. The cells in hematologic cancers arise from types of white blood cells: lymphocytes, granulocytes, and plasma cells. Although scientists do not know exactly what causes a normal cell to transform into a hematologic cancer cell, for many of these cancers, risk factors have been identified that appear to play a role in this process.

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