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Have been bruising very easily lately. How common is leukemia in adults?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Adult Leukemia

In 2011, leukemia was expected to strike more than 10 times as many adults versus children and adolescents in the us.
It tends to occur in the older population with a median age of 66. Different kinds of leukemia occur at different rates in various age groups. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is more common in children whereas acute myeloid leukemia and the chronic leukemias are seen more among adults.

In brief: Adult Leukemia

In 2011, leukemia was expected to strike more than 10 times as many adults versus children and adolescents in the us.
It tends to occur in the older population with a median age of 66. Different kinds of leukemia occur at different rates in various age groups. Acute lymphocytic leukemia is more common in children whereas acute myeloid leukemia and the chronic leukemias are seen more among adults.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Not very common

There would be 47, 150 new cases of leukemia in 2012.
It is approximately 10/100.000. Now, easy bruising can be caused by many factors-such as medication- aspirin, plavic, blood thinner; other conditions that lower your platelet, other bleeding disorders etc. These other conditions are way more common than leukemia. You should see you doctor for further evaluation of your easy bruising. Good luck.

In brief: Not very common

There would be 47, 150 new cases of leukemia in 2012.
It is approximately 10/100.000. Now, easy bruising can be caused by many factors-such as medication- aspirin, plavic, blood thinner; other conditions that lower your platelet, other bleeding disorders etc. These other conditions are way more common than leukemia. You should see you doctor for further evaluation of your easy bruising. Good luck.
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