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Leukemia (Leukaemia) is a cancer of the blood cells. It is the most common type of blood cancer and affects 10 times as many adults as children. Most people diagnosed with leukemia are over 50 years old. No one knows why some people develop leukemia and others do not. However, scientists have identified some risk factors for the disease. Most people who have known risk factors do not get leukemia, while many who do get the disease have none of these risk factors. During the early stages of leukemia, there may be no symptoms. Many of the symptoms of leukemia don't become apparent until a large number of normal blood cells are crowded out by leukemia cells.
Evidence of radiation risk in childhood leukaemia

Evidence of radiation risk in childhood leukaemia

Experts consider evidence of link between the rise in childhood leukaemia and increased light at night

Experts consider evidence of link between the rise in childhood leukaemia and increased light at night

Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine has saved the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars since its introduction

Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine has saved the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars since its introduction

Conference – Childhood leukaemia: incidence, causal mechanisms and prevention

Conference – Childhood leukaemia: incidence, causal mechanisms and prevention

Chemotherapy experts refute ASCO recommendations on use of drug sensitivity and resistance assays

Chemotherapy experts refute ASCO recommendations on use of drug sensitivity and resistance assays

First whole-genome survey of where three commonly used retroviruses into human DNA

First whole-genome survey of where three commonly used retroviruses into human DNA

Fruit and vegetables eaten before pregnancy lowers risk of leukemia

Fruit and vegetables eaten before pregnancy lowers risk of leukemia

Living near to a petrol station may increase the risk of acute childhood leukaemia by 400%

Living near to a petrol station may increase the risk of acute childhood leukaemia by 400%

Research will lead to better treatments for mastocytosis

Research will lead to better treatments for mastocytosis

Stanford researchers identify leukemia stem cells

Stanford researchers identify leukemia stem cells

Scientists lead fight against blood cancers

Scientists lead fight against blood cancers

Protein loss plays role in acute T-cell leukemia

Protein loss plays role in acute T-cell leukemia

Surprising differences in the DNA of normal cells from different people

Surprising differences in the DNA of normal cells from different people

New compound that is designed to overcome Gleevec resistance

New compound that is designed to overcome Gleevec resistance

Thalidomide's role in fighting blood disorders, such as multiple myeloma

Thalidomide's role in fighting blood disorders, such as multiple myeloma

Educating patients can help limit side effects of chemotherapy and radiation

Educating patients can help limit side effects of chemotherapy and radiation

Increasing evidence a virus may play a role in breast cancer

Increasing evidence a virus may play a role in breast cancer

Evidence that new anti-inflammatory drug may sensitize leukemia, and breast and lung cancers to conventional chemotherapy

Evidence that new anti-inflammatory drug may sensitize leukemia, and breast and lung cancers to conventional chemotherapy

Dexrazoxane reduces heart damage caused by childhood leukemia treatment with doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

Dexrazoxane reduces heart damage caused by childhood leukemia treatment with doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

Severe sepsis causes around one in ten cancer deaths each year in the USA

Severe sepsis causes around one in ten cancer deaths each year in the USA