• A malignant progressive disease in which the bone marrow
and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers
of immature or abnormal leukocytes. These suppress the
production of normal blood cells, leading to anemia and other
Experts don't know what causes leukemia. But some things are
known to increase the risk of some kinds of leukemia. You are
more likely to get leukemia if you:
• Were exposed to large amounts of radiation.
• Were exposed to certain chemicals at work, such as benzene.
• Had some types of chemotherapy to treat another cancer.
• Have Down syndrome or some other genetic problems.
Causes of Leukemia
Some treatments used to fight leukemia include:
• Biological therapy.
• Targeted therapy.
• Radiation therapy.
• Stem cell transplant.
Treatments for Leukemia
• There is no known way to prevent most types of leukemia.
Most people with leukemia do not have known risk factors.
• Some types of leukemia may be prevented by avoiding high
doses of radiation, exposure to the chemical benzene,
smoking and other tobacco use, or certain types of
chemotherapy used to treat other types of cancer.
How to prevent Leukemia
Information Video on Leukemia
Podcast about Leukemia