when we talk about leukemia it sound fearful. leukemia is apart of cancer. it starts in the tissue that forms blood. In a person with leukemia, the bone marrow makes abnormal white blood cells. The abnormal cells are leukemia cells. Unlike normal blood cells, leukemia cells don't die when they should. They may crowd out normal white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. This makes it hard for normal blood cells to do their work.
they are two types of leukemia. CHRONIC LEUKEMIA and ACUTE LEUKEMIA. CHRONIC LEUKEMIA is the early disease where leukemia cells can still do some of the work of normal white blood cells. But ACUTE LEUKEMIA is usually worsens quickly. For ACUTE LEUKEMIA the leukemia cells can't do any of the work of normal white blood cells.
No one knows the exact causes of leukemia. Doctors seldom know why one person gets leukemia and another doesn't. However, research shows that certain risk factors increase the chance that a person will get this disease. SMOKING is one of the factor. Smoking increases the risk of acute myeloid leukemia. Other than that Dental x-rays and other diagnostic x-rays (such as CT scans) expose people to much lower levels of radiation. It's not known yet whether this low level of radiation to children or adults is linked to leukemia. Researchers are studying whether having many x-rays may increase the risk of leukemia. They are also studying whether CT scans during childhood are linked with increased risk of developing leukemia.
Family history of leukemia: It's rare for more than one person in a family to have leukemia. When it does happen, it's most likely to involve chronic lymphocytic leukemia. However, only a few people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia have a father, mother, brother, sister, or child who also has the disease.
How about the symptom? Common symptoms of chronic or acute leukemia are Swollen lymph nodes that usually don't hurt (especially lymph nodes in the neck or armpit), FEVERS or NIGHT SWEATS, frequent infections, feeling weak or tired, bleeding and bruising easily (bleeding gums, purplish patches in the skin, or tiny red spots under the skin), Swelling or discomfort in the abdomen (from a swollen spleen or liver), weight lose for no reason and pain in the bones or joint. so don't take for granted if you are fever. So many disease start from fever.
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