Leukemia is a type of blood cancer in which abnormal (usually white) blood cells are formed. Leukemia, can be classified as either acute (the diseases progresses rapidly) or chronic (the diseases progresses slowly) based on the rate at which the disease progresses. The four major types of leukemia are:
The factors that cause leukemia are not known, but several factors that may increase the risk of developing some types of leukemia are:
If you have these risk factors, it does not necessarily mean that you will get the disease or everyone who gets the disease has these risk factors. Many of these factors cannot be changed or prevented, but certain factors that can decrease your risk of getting the disease include:
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