Leukemia, or blood cancer, is a deadly disease- this happens when the body’s blood-forming tissues no longer function normally. Though the symptoms are not always easily detected.
Symptoms associated with the condition vary depending on the type of leukaemia the person has. However, there are several common signs and symptoms for diagnosing the condition, says the Mayo Clinic.
“Leukemia symptoms are often vague and not specific. You may overlook early leukemia symptoms because they may resemble symptoms of the flu and other common illnesses,” says the Clinic on its website.
In fact, the exact cause of the condition is not known, but it seems to occur due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
According to the Mayo Clinic, based in America, there are several different symptoms which may suggest someone has Leukemia.
Fever or chills
This is feeling much hotter or much colder than usual. It could also cause difficulty sleeping.
Frequent or severe infections
If you are experiencing infections regularly and possibly on a much more severe level than usual, this could indicate leukemia. This is because it suggests a problem with your white blood cells, which are part of the body’s immune system for fighting off infection.
Losing weight without trying
Unexplained weight loss despite normal consumption can also indicate leukemia. However, on its own it may also suggest diabetes.
Easy bleeding or bruising
Getting cut by accident regularly in a way which causes bleeding could also indicate the presence of leukemia.
Excessive sweating, especially at night
Being unable to sleep and experiencing excessive sweating throughout the night may be a sign you have the condition.
The Mayo Clinic also suggests that these symptoms as well as could result to this disease- persistent fatigue, an enlarged liver or spleen, recurrent nosebleeds, tiny red spots in your skin and bone pain or tenderness can also indicate leukemia.
“Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any persistent signs or symptoms that worry you,” it advises.
Leukemia is classified into two main types depending on how fast the condition progresses.
Acute leukemia: Which appears rapidly, happens when abnormal blood cells that can’t carry out their function begin to multiply rapidly, causing the disease to quickly worsen.
Chronic leukemia: On the other hand, may act more slowly. It happens due to problems with red blood cells, although these can continue to function normally for a period of time.
“Some forms of chronic leukemia initially produce no early symptoms and can go unnoticed or undiagnosed for years,” says the Clinic.
Treatment often involves medication.
Though, a study from last year suggested that getting more vitamin C could help treat the condition by causing more blood cells to die.