Leukemia is a too disease that has had tremendous successful research done in the past few decades. It affects the blood-producing cells of the human body. Leukemia generally involves the blood cells of the bone marrow. Your blood is a very valuable form of cellular information carrier. Blood cells can commit errors leading to other fatal diseases if they are not treated well.
Some of the causes of leukemia are unknown, while others have been well known since time immemorial. Two major causes of leukemia are infection and environmental factors. Leukemia has been known to be associated with infections like herpes and viral infections like Epstein-Barr. Leukemia can also be caused by environmental factors like toxins, chemicals, or pesticides.
There are many leukemia symptoms to identify. The major symptoms include constant weakness or paralysis, loss of weight, frequent diarrhea, and lymph nodes in and around the blood vessels. Fatigue, lack of energy, weight loss, hair loss, constant headaches, unexplained ear pain, unexplained fever, and vomiting up blood are some of the other symptoms. Environmental factors that cause leukemia include toxins like herbicides, insecticides, lead paint, and tobacco smoke.
These are some of the causes of leukemia developed over time. Since these conditions are not immediately obvious when a person has them, treatment is difficult and sometimes impossible. Leukemia can have a wide range of causes and can manifest in any number of ways. Sometimes, early treatment is enough to arrest the disease.
The first type of leukemia symptoms is the clinical manifestation of swollen lymph nodes in and around the blood vessels. This condition is called polydipsia and can be either local or generalized. Some common symptoms of polydipsia include lethargy, increased sweating, constant fatigue, and inability to concentrate. Some patients may also develop aphthous stomatitis or swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, groin, and lower back. Diagnosis of polydipsia is usually made from a blood test called a complete blood count (CBC).
Another common type of leukemia is acute leukemia, which develops very quickly and leaves very few traces behind. It is caused by immature blood cells and usually occurs in the blood of infants and children. If left untreated acute leukemia can spread to the lymph nodes and organs of the body very quickly, even to the point where the patient begins to bleed internally. Because of this, acute leukemia symptoms usually develop quickly, especially if the disease is not treated in a timely fashion.
There are also several subtypes of leukemia, each classifying leukemia into different groups based on its location in the body (white blood cell, eosinophilic, myelogenous, prothrombotic, and lentiviral). Leukemia can be of any type, so there are many types in which cancer can take hold. The disease has been known to strike men more than women, although statistics have shown that leukemia rates are becoming equal between the two sexes. As a general rule, leukemia occurs more often in males who are smokers, have been exposed to excessive chemicals, or have low vitamin D levels.
Because there are so many different types of leukemia, it is important to have a thorough understanding of what they are, how they develop, and what their prognosis is. Most of all, it is essential to know what to do if you believe that you may have been diagnosed with one of them. Because the symptoms of these diseases vary so greatly, it is important to realize that even identical symptoms might not translate into the same type of cancer. That is why it is necessary to undergo thorough testing and to undergo treatment even when the diagnosis is initially made. Leukemia depends on the individual and can be either highly debilitating or incredibly crippling.
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