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9 Blood Cancer Signs You Should Know

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 06, 2014
Blood cancer is a cancer form occurring in the cells of the blood. Take a look at the blood cancer symptoms to be aware and safe.
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    Blood Cancer Signs

    Blood cancer is a cancer form occurring in the cells of the blood. The most common form of blood cancer is leukaemia, which is characterized by uncontrolled and abnormal proliferation of blood cells. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Blood Cancer Signs
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    Abdominal Problems

    Abdominal distress is one of the symptoms of blood cancer. It is a result of leukaemia cells collecting in the kidney, liver and spleen and thus, enlarging them. Stomach-ache is often accompanied by a loss of appetite and weight. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Abdominal Problems
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    Anaemia

    Red blood cells supply oxygen to the body through the blood, but abnormal proliferation of blood cells can interfere with the procedure. Anaemia is one of the most common complications associated with blood cancer. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Anaemia
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    Easy Bruising

    The most common symptoms associated with blood cancer are easy bruising and uncontrolled bleeding. This happens because normal blood cells are continuously replaced by abnormal, immature white blood cells. This makes blood platelets to be displaced and blood cannot clot. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Easy Bruising
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    Swollen Lymph Nodes

    Cancer cells may collect in the nodes in blood cancer; as a result, lymph nodes under the arms, in the groin, chest and neck may swell. Lymph nodes are the small bean-shaped structures that aid blood filtration. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Swollen Lymph Nodes
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    Bone and Joint Pain

    Another common complication of blood cancer is pain in bones and joints. Pains and aches occur as a result of the bone marrow being overcrowded and full. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Bone and Joint Pain
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    Frequent Infections

    Blood cancer can cause the decrease in the functional white blood cells that help to fight infections. As a result of reduced number of cells, the patients experience frequent infections caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Frequent Infections
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    Difficulty Breathing

    In T-cell acute lymphocytic leukaemia, cancer cells tend to surround the thymus gland, which can cause pain and difficulty breathing. Among other complications associated with the mass of cells surrounding the thymus gland are wheezing and coughing. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Difficulty Breathing
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    Tiredness

    Owing to uncontrolled proliferation of blood cells, patients often complain of tiredness and weakness even while sitting idle. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Tiredness
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    Other Symptoms

    Various other common symptoms of blood cancer include sudden loss of appetite, weight loss, excessive sweating that is worse at night, high fever, dizziness and nose bleeds. (Image source:Gettyimages)

    Other Symptoms
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