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Health and Wellness: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

 

 

Health and Wellness: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Health and Wellness: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

 

Happy Hump-Day my lovely readers! Today’s topic is about this outrageous disease called “Acute myeloid leukemia”. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is considered as one kind of blood cancer. This disease usually develops in the cells before it would turn into white blood cells, but sometimes acute myeloid leukemia can also develop into other types of blood-forming cells. We all know  there’s no cure for this type of cancers, but treatments can make a big impact in an individual’s life.

Acute myeloid leukemia begins in the soft inner parts of the bones which is “bone marrow”. Bone marrow cells don’t develop the way they’re meant to be because of  acute types of leukemia such as AML. These outgrown cells  are also known as “blast cells that keep building up. Acute myeloid leukemia has several different names: acute myelocytic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia and acute non-lymphocytic leukemia.

As we read above, AML is an acute disease which means it can quickly become a life- threatening disease and  this type of leukemia can move so fast to the blood and to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, brain and spinal cord, and testicles. It’s getting very confusing because doctors sometimes don’t even know why individuals get AML, but they discover some risk factors that make individuals more likely to get it. Some are included: some birth defects and disorders, such as Down syndrome, being a male, some chemotherapy drugs used to treat other cancers, exposure to certain chemicals such as benzene, exposure to high doses of radiation, certain blood disorders such as myeloproliferative disorders , and smoking. Here are some symptoms to be aware of : tiredness, weakness, pale skin, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, cold hands and feet, shortness of breath, headaches,weight loss and loss of appetite.

Remember that there’s no cure for this disease, but treatment can bring some kind of relief to get through it. There’s no way that you can prevent AML completely, but you may try to avoid those risk factors mention above.

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