Pass it On: It’s Leukemia National Awareness Month


Leukemia and lymphoma are both hematologic malignancies, meaning that they involve the blood or bone marrow. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will be 60,140 new cases of leukemia and 24,400 deaths in 2016. For lymphoma, the ACS estimates that 81,080 new cases and 21,270 deaths will occur in the United States in 2016.

Leukemia starts in a cell during of the production of blood cells in the bone marrow. During production, a certain cell—whether it be a white blood cell, red blood cell, or platelet—undergoes a change, and this new, malignant cell may be able to produce better than normal cells. Eventually these malignant cells stifle the development of normal cells resulting in deficiencies of normal cell production and body functions.

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There are many types of leukemia and each type usually falls into either an acute (fast growing) or chronic (slow growing) disease, with each type having different outlooks and treatment options. The four main types of leukemia according to cell type and rate of growth are acute lymphocytic (ALL), chronic lymphocytic (CLL), acute myeloid (AML), and chronic myeloid (CML). Overall, leukemia incidence has increased slowly for many decades at 1.3% per year.

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