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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming cells that affects both adults and children. Leukemia is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in children and adolescents, and often arises very rapidly over a short period of time (acute form). In adults, leukemia is more likely to take many years to develop (chronic form) and accounts for about 3% of all cancer diagnosed annually. Leukemias are further grouped according to the type of blood cell affected, with major subtypes including lymphocytic and myeloid types. The major childhood leukemias include acute lymphocytic and acute myeloid leukemia, whereas in adults, major subtypes include chronic lymphocytic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia. The causes of leukemia are not well understood, but appear to involve a combination of hereditary and environmental factors.
About 96 new cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia were diagnosed in New Mexico year 2013.
In the U.S., chronic lymphocytic leukemia occurs more frequently in older adults. Men are more likely to develop chronic lymphocytic leukemia than women.
Factors that may increase the risk of acute lymphocytic leukemia include:
  • Certain chemical exposures
  • Family history
Currently, there is no proven method or steps to take to prevent chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
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Content updated: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:37:23 MST