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We all come across surprising moments that take us to a withering phase in life. Cancer is one such disease that comes as a shock and leaves us hollow emotionally and physically. Leukemia is one of the most common types of cancer that has spread among different age groups. Leukemia is also called blood cancer that damages blood-forming tissue, such as the bone marrow, and engenders many immature blood cells to take place and enter the bloodstream. It is divided into varied subtypes according to cellular maturity- acute or chronic and cell type- lymphocytic or myeloid.
This blog is more like an awakening call for all those who are not aware of signs of Leukemia and lose their loved ones abruptly. This blog talks about symptoms of Leukemia and types of Blood Cancer (Leukemia).
According to an article by Indian Express, Leukemia is the most common blood cancer among adults and children these days.
It takes place when the DNA of a single cell in the bone marrow mutates and functions abnormally. Treatments for Leukemia depend upon the type of Leukemia you are suffering from, age, and overall health and resistance. It also depends on whether it has spread to your tissues or organs. If you experience something unusual happening to your body and is alarming, you should quickly consult your doctor and get the screening done.
The symptoms vary according to the type of blood cancer you may have. However, common signs and symptoms of Leukemia are-
• Sudden change skin tone as it turns pale.
• Frequent fever or chills
• Easy bruising and bleeding
• Frequent nosebleeds and bleeding gums
• Tiny red spots in the skin
• Bone and joint pain or tenderness
• Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and around the underarm, groin or stomach area
• Frequent infections and allergies
• Sudden weight loss
• Shortness of breath and fatigue
• Pain or full feeling under the ribs on the left side
Medical science classifies Leukemia by how quickly the disease progresses and by the type of blood cell involved in cancer. There are two types of cellular maturity in Leukemia: acute Leukemia, and the other is chronic Leukemia.
If you ever face alarming symptoms that worry you, you should always consult an experienced doctor and share your concerns. Leukaemia can only be diagnosed through thorough laboratory tests that include blood tests, bone marrow samples and other generic tests. Blood samples are taken to evaluate the number of blood cells in the body: red cells, white cells and platelets.
Most of the people in India are still unaware of this blood disorder due to the lack of a countrywide leukemia screening program. Hence it is crucial to understand the symptoms of blood cancer beforehand.
Basic health insurance may not cover the treatment cost of Cancer. There will always be limitations in these plans, which may not allow you to avail of the treatment that caters you complete coverage of your cancer treatment. A comprehensive cancer insurance plan covers the cost of the treatments/therapies related to Cancer. It is always wise to buy cancer insurance to give a safety cushion to your future and check your policy document for the inclusions and exclusions.
Disclaimer: Underwriting of claims for cancer is subject to policy terms and conditions.
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