Leukemia and Types of Leukemia

The bone marrow or blood cancer, leukemia is one of the most dreaded cancers. Many people confuse lymphoma and leukemia, however leukemia is abnormal white bloods cell production while Lymphoma as the name suggests is cancer to lymph glands. During leukemia, predominantly white blood cell’s DNA becomes damaged. It is an abnormality that causes normal cells to die with the abnormal cells growing and dividing in a chaotic manner. Abnormal cells do not die easily and in a short period could occupy more space causing the normal cells to have too little space and crowing it out which in turn cause the patient suffering.

Researchers and studies determine that Leukemia is divided into four main groups, each one having a strong possibility of being Acute. Acute is the rapidly progressing while the Chronic is a slower cancer that allows mature cells to form. When comparing these two acute crowds the normal cells at a much more rapid rate than chronic. From here, it is subdivided according to types depending on where it occurs.

Lymphocytic leukemia is when the transformation starts in the marrow. Lymphocytes is a white blood cell type inside the vertebrae immune system Myelogenous leukemia on the other hand occurs in marrow cells which produce other types of white, red blood cells and platelets. Making it simpler to understand is leukemia two groups within two groups. You get Lymphocytic and Myelogenous and each could be either acute or chronic.

Acute lymphocytic is common in young children and the survival rate of a five-year range is 85%. Chronic Lymphocytic is more common in older adults especially over fifty-five-years old and seldom found in children. Acute Myelogenous leukemia is affecting males more than females and also more commonly found in adults. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia sufferers are predominantly adults with a ninety percent survival rate over five years.