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In general, all types of leukemia share some common signs and symptoms:
Depending on the type of leukemia, other symptoms may occur. For example, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) can present with pain or a sense of fullness in the stomach because this type enlarges the spleen and/or liver. Your doctor can share a complete list of symptoms for your type of leukemia.
End stage leukemia has signs and symptoms that show the person is in the final days of life:
Research has identified some common factors that may increase your risk of developing some type of leukemia:
Yes, the acute types of leukemia like ALL and AML can occur suddenly. Other forms of leukemia like hairy cell leukemia occur slowly.
Research shows that childhood leukemias may occur due to a combination of certain gene changes early in life, and exposure to certain viruses later than normal (after the first year).
Anywhere on the body. When leukemia progresses to a certain point, it can cause capillaries to burst underneath the skin and leak. This leakage can cause tiny red, purple, or brown spots called petechiae to appear on the skin, which grouped together can look similar to a rash but is not actually one.
Yes, some types of leukemia can be cured. Leukemia is a broad term for several types of blood cancer, so the treatment and prognosis depends on the specific type.