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Shingles – Risk Factors



Any condition leading to a weak immune system is a risk factor for developing shingles. You're more likely to get shingles if you have cancer, especially cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia. Other risk factors include having auto-immune disease, HIV, AIDS, diabetes, and being a transplant patient. If you are receiving immunosuppressant treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and steroids, you are also at risk for shingles.

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