What Is Leukemia? :-/?

I know it's a type of Cancer but I dont know what it does, how you get it, etc. (Sorry for all these Medical Questions Btw) And also why is Leukemia mostly seen in kids? Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Definition

    Leukemia is cancer of your body's blood-forming tissues, including your bone marrow and lymphatic system. It usually starts in your white blood cells.

    Your white blood cells are potent infection fighters — they normally grow and divide in an orderly way, as your body needs them. But in leukemia, your bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal white blood cells, which don't function properly. Leukemia isn't just a children's disease. It has four main types and many subtypes — and only some are common among children.

    A diagnosis of leukemia can cause you a great deal of concern, and treatment can be complex — varying on the type of leukemia and other factors. But there are strategies and resources that may make your road easier.

    Symptoms

    They differ for each type of leukemia, but common leukemia symptoms include:

    Fever or chills

    Persistent fatigue, weakness

    Frequent infections

    Loss of appetite or weight

    Swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen

    Easy bleeding or bruising

    Shortness of breath when you're physically active, as while climbing steps

    Tiny red spots in your skin (petechiae)

    Excessive sweating, especially at night

    Bone pain or tenderness

    The severity of signs and symptoms depends on the number of abnormal blood cells and where they collect. You may overlook early symptoms of leukemia because they may resemble symptoms of the flu and other common illnesses.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's a cancer of the blood. There is no single known cause of it; but, it can be caused by all sorts of things like ticks.

    check out this site:

    Source(s): www.leukemia.org
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    blood cancer

    i dont know if its more common in kids

    if you google this youl find detailed discriptions and pictures

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