Awareness: September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
What is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, the spongy center of bones where our blood cells are formed. The disease develops when blood cells produced in the bone marrow grow out of control.
Leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are types of cancer that can affect the bone marrow, the blood cells, the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. These diseases are related cancers in the sense that they probably all result from acquired mutations to the DNA of a single lymph- or blood-forming stem cell.
An estimated 44,600 new cases of leukemia are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2011.
The Common Types of Leukemia are
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
- Chronic Myelomonocytic (CMML)
What is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is an immune system cancer that begins in cells that are called lymphocytes.The lymphatic system is made up of the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus gland and bone morrow.
The two primary types of lymphoma are known as Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Please visit the American Cancer Society for more detailed information on Leukemia/Lymphoma symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.