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Can leukemia be detected through annual blood test?

Can leukemia be detected through annual blood test?

Likely: Leukemia can usually be detected by examination of blood, however whether annual blood tests are likely to provide early diagnosis is not known. Some leukemias will require examination of bone marrow for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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Can leukemia be detected through a simple blood test?

Can leukemia be detected through a simple blood test?

Maybe: At times a blood test can reveal leukemia, more often, it reveals a suggestion of leukemia (decreased blood counts) that will require additional tests. The best test to know about leukemia when there are these suggestions, is to have the bone marrow examined. This will definitely show leukemia, if it is present. ...Read more

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Can Leukemia be diagnosed through a blood test?

Can Leukemia be diagnosed through a blood test?

Yes: That is the first step: a blood cell count and from there, if necessary, other related tests. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test to detect leukemia?

Yes.: There are many forms of leukemia. Some are "acute" and present quickly. These can be serious / fatal without treatment. Other types of leukemia are "chronic' and can be present for years without the patient knowing / being diagnosed. One of the first tests used to diagnose any leukemia is a complete blood count and review of a peripheral blood smear under the microscope. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does a blood test always show if a person has leukemia?

Not always: Leukemia is a cancer of cells within the bone marrow. This often spills into the blood, but not always. If blood tests do not confirm a leukemia diagnosis and there is still a suspicion of leukemia, a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy will be performed. This usually confirms the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Took a blood test which showws no abnormalities, so does this rule out leukemia?

Probably: Probably yes. There are rare instances of leukemia, especially in a very early stage, when no significant abnormalities may be present in the peripheral blood, but that is a very unusual situation. ...Read more

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Blood test results -what would tell that I have leukemia?

Blood test results -what would tell that I have leukemia?

See below...: As general rule, your blood test results should be interpreted by your physician. But to answer your question, a common abnormal finding in the blood of a patient with leukemia is a significantly increased WBC (white blood cell) count with or without abnormal circulating cells. Anemia (low rbc and hemoglobin) and thrombocytopenia (low platelets) are also common. Not all leukemias show high wbc. ...Read more

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Can a CBC (blood test) show leukemia always?

Can a CBC (blood test) show leukemia always?

Yes, most times: A leukemia typically begins in the bone marrow and will often show effects on the CBC as the cancer cells spill over into the circulating blood. On rare occasions leukemia may be still limited in the bone marrow, so we make a diagnosis by taking a bone marrow sample. ...Read more

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Could a CBC (blood test) show leukemia accurately always?

Could a CBC (blood test) show leukemia accurately always?

Sometimes: Sometimes but not always. Leukemia, a form of blood and bone marrow cancer, is frequently detectable in the blood; however, especially if early in the course of the disease, leukemic cells may be confined to the bone marrow and not cross into the blood in sufficient numbers to be detected by a cbc. Ultimately, the complete diagnosis and prognosis of leukemia relies on bone marrow examination. ...Read more