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Is it possible for a 14 year old to get leukemia ?

Is it possible for a 14 year old to get leukemia ?

Yes: If you are worried about this diagnosis, the question is why? You should get the question answered by your doctor who will do blood tests and explain the results to you. Don't jump to conclusion by reading something online and get scared. Confirm or relieve yourself of the fear by going to an expert doctor. ...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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How can you get leukemia?

Leukemia : Exposure to radiation, chemicals like benzene, previous exposure to chemotherapy and genetic are some but not all causes of leukemia. ...Read more

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Why did my child get leukemia?

Why did my child get leukemia?

No one knows: Only in rare circumstances do we actually know the cause. Those times would be if the child was previously treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, if there is a known genetic problem like down's syndrome or in a few families where it may be hereditary. Exposures, foods, cellphones, high voltage transmission towers, etc have not been proven to increase the risk of getting leukemia. ...Read more

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How to get exposed leukemia quickly?

How to get exposed leukemia quickly?

See below...: If you mean how to find out if a patient has leukemia, consulting a physician is necessary. If the doctor decides that signs and/or symptoms suspicious for leukemia are present, he/she will usually start by ordering a blood test. If the blood findings support a diagnosis of leukemia then a bone marrow study is also necessary. ...Read more

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Could leukemia physical pains get worse?

Could leukemia physical pains get worse?

Possibly: If left untreated, leukemia keeps evolving and therefore most symptoms associated with it have a tendency to get worse. Consequently, immediate consultation with an oncologist once a diagnosis of leukemia was made, is of paramount importance in obtaining the best possible outcome. ...Read more

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How likely is it that i get leukemia again?

Impossible to say: Without knowing your specific primary diagnosis, disease risk factors, response to prior therapy and time since remission. ...Read more

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I'm scared i might have leukemia. How do I get tested?

See doctor, get test: Leukemia is usually easy to identify with a physical exam, a history, and simple blood tests. On occasion, slightly more detailed testing is required or a bone marrow exam. Most important is to see a physician and explain your concerns and why. ...Read more

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What are the common types of leukemia for a 25 year old?

Several...: It's difficult to say in just a few words but, generally speaking, at young ages, leukemias are more likely to be of the acute rather than chronic type. In terms of cell of origin, they can be lymphoid or myeloid, so most of the time at this age it will be acute lymphoid (lymphoblastic, all) or acute myeloid leukemia (aml). Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is also possible but not as common. ...Read more

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My cat has feline leukemia and she bit me multiple times. Can i get the leukemia from her?

My cat has feline leukemia and she bit me multiple times. Can i get the leukemia from her?

No, not really: Our immune system is very good and rejects any foreign cells that may get into our body unless they are perfectly matched genetically which is not possible in the case of a cat's blood cell/genes and human genes. ...Read more