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Does alpha thalassemia causes leukemia?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
No: There is no relationship between any form of thalasemia and leukemia.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: Alpha and beta thalassemia have not been reported to cause leukemia, which is cancer of the white blood cells. There is a study of beta thal. Major & intermedia patients in iran, where researchers found 5 leukemia cases in about 4, 600 patients. That is a higher rate of leukemia than in the general population there, but details were unavailable as to what other factors were present in the patients.
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