By Kristen Ranson and Hinnah Mian
Anat/Phys Pd. 3
Definition: Leukemia is a cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system.
- Previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Exposure to high doses of radiation or to benzene
- Family history
- Genetic abnormality
- Genetic disorders like down syndrome or Fanconi anemia
- Fever or chills
- Persistent fatigue weakness
- Frequent or severe infections
- Losing weight without trying
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Enlarged liver or spleen
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Excessive sweating
- Bone pain or tenderness
- Check for enlarged lymph nodes in neck, underarm, or groin
- Check for enlarged liver or spleen
- Do a complete blood count and a blood chemistry test
- Do a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
The number of new cases was 13 per 100,000 people per year and the number of deaths was 7 per 100,000 per year.
No known way of prevention.
- Previous cancer treatment
- Genetic disorders
- Certain blood disorders
- Exposure to high levels of radiation
- Exposure to certain chemicals
- Family history of leukemia
- Watchful waiting
- Targeted therapy
- Biological therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Stem cell transplant
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