Leukaemia (blood cancer) is any group of malignant diseases in which the bone marrow and other blood forming organs produce increased numbers of certain types of white blood cells which are immature or abnormal. Overproduction of these cells stops the production of normal white cells, red cells, and platelets.
Leukaemia is more common among children and teenagers representing 1 in every 3 cancer case each year. Patients’ life expectancy has increased significantly from 5 years during the 60s now at about 63.7%. Never the less; risk is still high and being aware of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia is crucial as early diagnostic is key to recovery.
Here! We represent 7 important symptoms of leukaemia followed by an in-depth look into the disease.
1. Anaemia and Related Symptoms
Anaemia is a reduction in the quantity of the oxygen-carrying pigment haemoglobin in the blood. Its causes are tracked back to different reasons one which is leukaemia. In that case it’s not the lack of the pigment itself rather than the lack of blood altogether. Symptoms are excessive tiredness, fatigability, breathlessness on exertion, and poor resistance to infection.