- Blood cells become abnormal in blood cancer
- Leukemia is the most common blood cancer.
- Do you know all the signs and symptoms of blood cancer
Blood cancer affects the blood cells. Leukemia is the most common blood cancer. Human blood is made up of red blood cells and white blood cells. Leukemia affects the white blood cells. White blood cells protect the body from diseases. White blood cells are part of the immune system that kills harmful bacteria and forms antibodies that will protect your body from disease in the future. When leukemia attacks your body, your body is unable to fight disease, and the red blood cells and platelets are no longer functioning properly.
Risk Factors for Leukemia
Some diseases that can lead to blood cancer include:
- A family history of leukemia
- Genetic disorder
- Chemotherapy for previous cancers
- Blood disorders
- Exposure to benzene or other chemicals
Signs and symptoms of leukemia
19659016] The symptoms of leukemia can easily be confused with other diseases. However, you should carefully monitor the symptoms and the duration of the symptoms. Some leukemia symptoms include:
Because leukemia affects white blood cells, your body becomes more susceptible to infection. Your body can no longer ward off infection. A person suffering from leukemia is more likely to develop infections in the mouth, throat, skin, lungs, bladder and urinary tract. The leukemia cells that are formed during the progression of the disease increase in number and continue to stop the sufficient supply of white blood cells.
Weakness and tiredness
In leukemia, a constant fatigue occurs even after a rest period. You can not sleep and will have the inability to do the daily tasks. You will also feel weakness.
Enlarged lymph nodes
In some cases, the leukemia cells accumulate in the lymph nodes, causing swelling. Lymph nodes can grow in each part of the body and cause other problems that can be easily felt.
Fever and chills
Unexplained fever and chills can be observed in connection with blood related cancer. The fever can last longer than usual. The underlying infection can be the cause of the fever.
Accidental weight loss
If you have leukemia, you will lose weight even if you eat well. You should be examined if you lose weight without diet or exercise.
It is also one of the most common symptoms associated with blood cancer. Mild bruising and uncontrolled bleeding occur because normal blood cells are continually being replaced by abnormal and immature white blood cells. This causes platelets to be displaced and bleeding prevented.
- Extreme sweating especially at night
- Bone and joint pain
- Enlargement of the liver
- Red spots on the skin
When If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should not ignore it, especially if you have blood cancer in the family. Make sure you see your doctor immediately to avoid any type of irreversible damage that can be caused by blood cancer.
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Written by: Varsha Vats
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Staff January 23, 2019