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  • 1. Leukemia Cameron Taylor
  • 2. Overview
    • Leukemia is a type of cancer that is found in blood or bone marrow
    • Specifically it is the abnormal increase of white blood cells (aka “Blasts”)
    • There are two main groups of leukemia, Chronic and Acute
  • 3. Chronic
    • Build up of more mature blood cells
    • Can be examined over a period of time to study the most effective way of treatment
  • 4. Acute
    • Rapid increase of immature blood cells
    • Crowd bone marrow so it is unable to make healthy blood cells
    • Accumulation makes the cells flow out into the blood stream and organs
    • Very dangerous and must be treated immediately
  • 5. Symptoms
    • Flu like symptoms
    • Bruise easily
    • Bleed excessively
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • All symptoms relate to other diseases so leukemia is only found through medical tests
  • 6. Causes
    • Long exposure to radiation
    • Genetics
  • 7. Treatment
    • Pharmaceutical medication
    • Chemotherapy
    • Some may be treated by radiation therapy
    • In some cases bone marrow transplants can help
  • 8. Statistics
    • Estimated 44,600 people will get leukemia (25,320 men, 19,280 women) in 2011
    • Estimated 21,780 men and women will die from leukemia in 2011
    • Leukemia accounts for 9% of all cancer related deaths in 2011

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