How often do adults get Leukemia?

I'm 31 years old, and was recently diagnosed as severe anemic. I've been taking extra iron for awhile now (by advice of my doctor) but lately i've been noticing bruises. I just found a couple more today. I'm super tired all the time, I get the recommended amount of sleep, and i'm still tired. Like today, I slept 8 hours last night, then I still had 2 naps, and I was/am still tired. Every now and then i'll have a pain on my left side (stomach area) isn't constant, so I didn't really worry about it. Sometimes at night i'm very hot, and have to have my AC on pretty low in order to feel comfortable. I'm calling my doctor tomorrow to make an appoitment, but I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were? I'm 31, and thought that at my age it wasn't usually normal to get cancer. My grandmother did die of cancer though if it is hereditery. My mom says not to worry about it, but I can't help but be worried. Thanks!


I have severe anemia already and am taking iron supplements provided by my doctor but still having other symptoms that are not associated with anemia. (bruising, night sweats/fevers, etc.)

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Leukemia can affect people of all ages. Children are often at risk as are old people. Many cases are diagnosed in both men and women in their thirties and forties. If your genetic make up makes you susceptible to this form of cancer then you stand a higher risk of getting it.

    I think that you are right to be concerned about it, and as long as your doctor is aware of your fears he should conduct all the relavent tests. Make sure that you tell him all of your symptoms and concerns so that he can explain all the possibilities and options as well as other conditions which might be the cause.

    Good luck.

    Source(s): Ex A & E auxilliary and qualified complimentary therapist.
  • 1 decade ago

    Damage to the bone marrow, by way of displacing the normal bone marrow cells with higher numbers of immature white blood cells, results in a lack of blood platelets, which are important in the blood clotting process. This means people with leukemia may become bruised, bleed excessively, or develop pinprick bleeds (petechiae).

    White blood cells, which are involved in fighting pathogens, may be suppressed or dysfunctional, putting the patient at the risk of developing infections.

    Finally, the red blood cell deficiency leads to anemia, which may cause dyspnea. All symptoms may also be attributable to other diseases; for diagnosis, blood tests and a bone marrow examination are required.

    Some other related symptoms

    Fever, chills, night sweats and other flu-like symptoms

    Weakness and fatigue

    Loss of appetite and/or weight

    Swollen or bleeding gums

    Neurological symptoms (headache)

    Enlarged liver and spleen

    Easy Bruising

    Frequent Infection

    Bone Pain

    Joint Pain

    Swollen Tonsils

    The word leukemia, which means 'white blood,' is derived from the disease's namesake high white blood cell counts that most leukemia patients have before treatment. The high number of white blood cells are apparent when a blood sample is viewed under a microscope. Many times, these extra white blood cells are immature or dysfunctional. They can also overcrowd the other cells, haulting them from performing correct function.

    Some leukemia patients do not have high white blood cell counts visible during a regular blood count. This less-common condition is called aleukemia. The bone marrow still contains cancerous white blood cells, and they are disrupting the normal production of blood cells. However, they are staying in the marrow instead of entering the bloodstream, where they would be visible in a blood test. For an aleukemic patient, the white blood cell counts in the bloodstream can be normal or low. Aleukemia can occur in any of the four major types of leukemia, and is particularly common in hairy cell leukemia.

    Source(s): wikipedia
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    everyone has cancer cells in their body, but some peoples cells duplicate (different bod, different age) and take over, making cancer. some people are lucky, some are a lot less fortunate

  • 1 decade ago

    u dont want it to get worse so going to the doc, is a GREAT thing. i dont know if adults can get luekemia, but i dont see how they COULDNT. so i'd just say go to the doc, so then u'll know for sure. OK? Hope all is well, God Bless you♥

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  • 1 decade ago

    I am sorry to hear about your condition but worrying about anaemia wont help. Regular blood checks will definitely help you to ascertain the haemoglobin and RBC levels. You are feeling tired because of low RBC/haemoglobin.

    Eat a diet rich in iron.

    Check these notes:

    What is Anemia?

    Anemia is a disorder, which results from decrease in the concentration of red blood cells or hemoglobin. One of the main functions of hemoglobin is to carry oxygen to tissues and anemia results in decreased oxygen carrying capacity of blood.

    Common Causes of Anemia

    ·Bleeding (hemorrhage)

    ·Iron deficiency

    ·Body inability to produce sufficient red blood cells

    ·Hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells)




    ·Peptic ulcer


    ·Hiatus hernia

    ·Hookworm infestation

    Home Remedies for Anemia

    #1 Cup beetroot juice, 1 cup of apple juice, mixed with either sugar or honey once a day.

    #Consume a ripe banana with 1 tbsp of honey 2 times a day.

    #Soak 10 currants overnight. Remove seeds and have for 3-4 weeks and have first thing in the morning .

    #Drink a mixture of apple and tomato juice.

    #Eat a lot of green leafy vegetables.

    #Honey-It is very good for an anemic person because it helps increase the haemoglobin in the blood. It is rich in iron, copper and manganese.

    # Coffee, tea and ingesting antacids, should be avoided because they decrease iron absorption. Sources rich in iron are lean beef, lean pork, skinned poultry, shellfish, fish, liver, organ meats, egg yolks, pinto, kidney, lima, navy, chick peas, black-eyed peas, lentils, split peas, green peas, spinach, kale, collards, beet greens, chard, broccoli, raisins, prunes, figs, dates, dried peaches, dried apricots, nuts, peanut butter, whole grain breads.

    # Licavoli says that when you use a cast-iron skillet instead of Teflon coated or aluminum one, you increase the iron content of foods, particularly when you cook acidic foods like tomato sauce.

    # Take 1 Cup beetroot juice, 1 cup of apple juice, mixed with either sugar or honey once a day to prevent anemia.

    # To help prevent iron-deficiency anemia in infants, all doctors should recommend breastfeeding, according to Los Angeles pediatrician Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., a pediatrician, lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. ''Breast milk supplies almost all the nutrients your baby needs,'' he says.

    # Take a ripe banana with 1 tbsp of honey 2 times a day to treat anemia.

    # Our body absorbs iron from meats easier than fruits and vegetables. To increase the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables, eat them with a good source of vitamin C.

    # Soak 10 currants overnight. Remove seeds and take it for 3-4 weeks in the morning.

    # A mixture of apple and tomato juice also helps to fight against the anemia.

    # Eating a lot of salad also helps to prevent anemia.

    # Honey is very good for an anemic person because it helps increase the hemoglobin in the blood. It is rich in iron, copper and manganese.

    # Intake of vitamin C is very important for the absorption of iron. It is recommended to take two any citrus fruits daily.

    # Beets are very important in the cure of anemia. Its juice contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, iodine, iron, copper, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and P.

    # A cold-water bath is an easy method in curing anemia. Two baths are recommended daily. Sunbaths are also beneficial as sunlight stimulates the production of red cells.

    # 3-4 dried figs are recommended a day to prevent anemia.

    # Deep breathing and light exercise like walking also helps in increasing the red blood cell in the body and thus treats the anemia.

    # Various yoga asanas like sarvangasana, paschomittanasana, uttanpadasana and shavasana are also beneficial

    # Do not eat spinach, rhubarb, tomatoes, or chocolate. These foods are high in oxalic acid, a substance that decreases the ability of our body to absorb iron. other iron blockers are sodas, dairy products, coffee and black tea. Avoid cow's milk, which can cause hidden bleeding in the intestinal tract. Do not follow fad diets.

    Hope this is useful.

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