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can normochromic or normocytic anemia cause leukemia?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No: Anemia (normochromic/cytic or not) can be a sign of leukemia (or a variety of other cancerous or non-cancerous conditions). That is it can associated with leukemia. However, it does not cause leukemia. Correlation does not equal causation.
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
I agree. A small percentage of people who have anemia for which the cause is not obvious turn out to have cancer. The anemia is just one symptom that may bring this problem to the surface.
Nov 21, 2011
Dr. Amy Deeken
Pathology 20 years experience
No: Anemia has many causes. Anemia can be caused by leukemia, but there are many other causes of normocyyic normochromic anemia such as medications, autoantibodies, bleeding, chronic diseases, and medications. Anemia is not a disease entity itself, however a marker of an underlying disease. Doctors have to try to find out what is causing it.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
No: Anemia can not cause leukemia. I agree that anemia is common in folks who have leukemia, not the other way round.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

Anemia can cause leukemia? I have anemia what should i do?

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: Anemia does not cause leukemia. Anemia is seen in lots of conditions. One of the most common is iron deficiency or nutritional. Anemia can be seen with leukemia but anemia does not cause leukemia.

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