Chronic Myeloid Leukemia ( Leukemia )

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There are many types of leukemia that affect thousands of people each year and many do not survive this type of cancer. Yearly occurrences of new cases reach up to about 54,000 and almost half of this staggering number end fatally. The four types that are most common for this cancer are acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells where abnormally high counts of white blood cells are produced in the bone marrow. These are the primary cells in the body that fight infection but when they are abnormal as in this case, they cannot be an effective defense mechanism. In their normal routines of fighting infection, controlling bleeding, and transport of oxygen, the normal functions of the body begin to break down often leading to fatality.

The cancer of the body’s blood forming tissue can be acute, with a rapid onset of symptoms and be very aggressive in nature. Chronic leukemias are a slow developing cancer and the symptoms may not be detectable once they have begun to develop in the system. Leukemia has many different forms where some are more common in children and others in more prevalent in adults. This cancer affects thousands of people yearly with an estimated number of new cases reaching approximately 54,000. The symptoms can vary depending on how fast the disease proliferates in the body. The cancer is treated and…

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