A 40-year-old member asked:
What causes leukemia?
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Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Leukemia cause: We don't know for sure. Leukemia develops as the consequence of a series of genetic changes in blood cell offsprings. These changes alter normal growth and differentiation of the cells, resulting in an accumulation of abnormal, immature blood cells in the bone marrow and peripheral blood. Exposure to chemicals, radiation, tobacco, or chemotherapy, infection, etc have been associated with leukemia.
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Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No one knows: There are associations like benzene but no known causative factors
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A 46-year-old member asked:
What are the main causes of leukemia?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Medical Oncology 31 years experience
Random mutations...: occur in our body's cells because they are not able to correct all of the millions of DNA damage events that naturally occur during our life. In the event that a bone marrow progenitor cell gets hit with an unlucky series of mutations then a leukemic cell will be made, and grow out of control. Familial susceptibility, or exposures (e.g. chemotherapy, radiation, or benzene) may increase this risk.
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Last updated Oct 24, 2017
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