Taking a Look at Leukemia

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According to the Leukemia Society & Lymphoma Society, leukemia “is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, the spongy center of bones where our blood cells are formed. The disease develops when blood cells produced in the bone marrow grow out of control.” Leukemia typically begins in the white blood cells which serve as potent infection fighters ("Leukemia"). However, when people have leukemia, this part of the immune system doesn’t work properly. The white blood cells are considered abnormal and therefore do not serve, grow and divide when the body needs them. “The abnormal blood cells do not die so easily, and accumulate, occupying more and more space. Quite simply, the bad cells crowd out the good cells in the blood” ("What Is Leukemia? What Causes Leukemia?"). Leukemias are named for how quickly the disease develops. Acute leukemias develop quickly and rapidly; patients will feel symptoms. Chronic leukemias have cells that work almost as well as regular white cells, therefore it develops slowly and they may not experience symptoms ("What You Need To Know About™ Leukemia"). While there are many types of leukemia there are four most common types which include: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) ("Disease Information & Support"). Depending on the form of leukemia, it can affect both children and adults. Some forms are more common in children

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