Common Signs And Symptoms And Effects Of Leukemia

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There is a disease that affects 54,000 people each year and is responsible for about 24,000 deaths. Almost everyone has either known a friend, a family member or an aquaintance that has been affected by this dreadful disease known as Leukemia. This paper is going to inform you on what leukemia is, how to recognize this disease, the side effects on all parts of the body, includ-ing oral effects. Leukemia is a malignant progressive disease, in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leukocytes (white blood cells). There are four common types of leukemia, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Acute Mye-loid Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Acute
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There are often signs on your body that can indicate symptoms of leukemia. First, an easy thing to recog-nize would be looking for patches on your skin or red spots on your skin. These are known as petechia which are typically found on the chest, back, face or arms. This is a side effect of the blood’s failure to clot. This can be often confused for a normal rash. Another symptom to look for would be pain deep in the bones. This pain occurs deep in the bone marrow when it expands from the abnormal white blood cells. The long bones in the body such as the legs and arms are the most common place to experience pain. Unusual lumps or swollen lymph nodes are another known sign of leukemia, resulting from deformed white blood cell build up. Extreme fatigue is probably one of the most common things to notice. Red blood cells are known for carrying oxy-gen through the body and when there is a lack of these being formed then the oxygen cannot be carried through the body like normal, resulting in fatigue and weakness. Lack of oxygen circulat-ing in the blood can also make short of breath. Finally, loss of appetite, losing weight, extreme fatigue and weakness are all common symptoms accompanying leukemia. Bleeding and bruising can begin to happen more easy if you have leukemia. Bruising can happen suddenly with no memory of bumping into anything or injuring yourself in any way. It also appears in odd places, such as fingers, hands, stomach and back. Bleeding could include cuts that will not heal, nose-bleeds that are unexplained and bleeding gums even without any gum disease. Long lasting peri-ods can be a part of prolonged bleeding. Since leukemia lowers the body’s immunity it can often can cause increase in fevers or getting more infections than normal. The cause for this is because cancerous

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