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Do I Have Cancer? 12 Leukemia Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

By    |   Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 04:50 PM

Leukemia is a cancer that involves the bone marrow and lymphatic system, part of the immune system that includes lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils and adenoids. The disease causes the bone marrow to produce abnormal white blood cells, which normally fight infection.

There are various forms of leukemia for which the causes are not exactly known. Risk factors for leukemia might include family history of the cancer, blood disorders, genetic disorders, smoking, and exposure to radiation or certain chemicals, Healthline reports.

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Here are 12 leukemia symptoms you should not ignore, according to Healthline, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and WebMD:

1. Fatigue and weakness that are not relieved through res.

2. Excessive sweating or night sweats that resemble flu-like symptoms.

3. Continuing fever or chills.

4. Bone pain or tenderness are possible signs of leukemia.

5. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin that are painless suggest leukemia has spread to the lymph nodes, according to Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

6. Unexplained weight loss is a possible symptom.

7. Frequent infections are due to a low white blood cell count. The decrease in white blood cells damages the immune system, so the body becomes more prone to infections.

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8. Red spots may appear under the skin.

9. Bleeding or bruising occurs easily as a result of a low blood platelet count. Platelets help with blood clotting. There could be nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums or rectum, or heavy menstrual bleeding, WebMD notes.

10. An enlarged spleen or liver results from a build-up of abnormal blood cells. There may be a feeling of fullness or loss of appetite. Swelling may occur in the upper left side of the abdomen.

11. Shortness of breath may occur.

12. Anemia, indicated through low red blood cell counts, may also cause fatigue or shortness of breath.

In acute forms of leukemia, the symptoms depend on how far the cancer has grown, WebMD reports. Chronic types of leukemia may have no symptoms in the beginning, but appear gradually later on. The disease can occur in both adults and children.

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