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how do i test for leukemia or some other blood disease?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Blood test!: Leukemias are one of the easiest blood diseases to "rule out" with a simple blood test called a cbc, or complete blood count, and a blood smear. The CBC counts the numbers and types of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. With leukemia, the CBC shows "blasts", which are baby white blood cells. The smear is your blood smeared onto a slide that we look at under the microscope.

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