Risk Factors For Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Risk factors for acute lymphocytic leukemia include radiation exposure, chemical exposures to Benzene, viral infections, some inherited syndromes, genetic changes, race/ethnicity and gender ("Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic," 2011). Low levels of radiation from medical imaging tests are not as well known for developing ALL as much as ionizing radiation (Belson, Kingsley, & Holmes, 2007). Depending on the dose, the …show more content…
These symptoms usually come from the shortage of normal blood cells, which can be seen on blood tests ("Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic," 2011). Abdomen swelling may occur due to the build up of leukemia cells in the liver and spleen, along with enlarged lymph nodes, bone or joint pain, and rarely spread to other organs ("Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic," 2011). Enlarged lymph nodes are around the neck, groin and underarms (Moynihan & Ness, 2012). Coughing and trouble breathing is possible do to an enlarged thymus, caused by a sub-type of T-cell, pressing on the trachea ("Leukemia, Acute Lymphocytic,"