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Leukemia

Blood, Cancer and Neoplasms

Leukemia is a type of blood cancer that forms in the white blood cells that are made in the bone marrow. When you have leukemia, some of the blood cells that form are cancerous and take over the space that healthy blood cells occupy. Most cases of leukemia are found in adults over the age of 55, but it is also common in kids less than 15 years old. The statistics for blood cancers (including leukemia) are startling. Every 3 minutes one person in the United States will be diagnosed with a blood cancer. Over 310,000 people in the United States have leukemia and it is the number one cause of death due to cancer in children. Hispanic children and teenagers are the most common group to suffer from leukemia. Despite these sobering statistics, many leukemia cases are treatable with aggressive cancer treatments and some cases are cured completely.

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