Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

how dangerous is leukemia and why?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In leukemia, as a consequence of the bone marrow being "controlled" by cancer cells, there is decreased production of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, resulting in anemia, increased susceptibility to infections, and increased risk of bleeding. Any of these 3 may have life-threatening consequences. Without treatment, death will ensue.

    Source(s): I'm a hematologist.
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  • 1 decade ago

    There is no single known cause for all of the different types of leukemia. The different leukemias likely have different causes, and very little is certain about what causes them. Researchers have strong suspicions about four possible causes:

    * natural or artificial ionizing radiation, * certain kinds of chemicals, * some viruses, * genetic predispositions

    Until the cause or causes of leukemia are found, there is no way to prevent the disease. Even when the causes become known, they may not be readily controllable, such as naturally occurring background radiation, and therefore not especially helpful for prevention purposes.

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