What is Leukaemia?
Leukaemia describes cancers that affect white blood cells, which fight infection. The more common forms of Leukaemia are; acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), which develop quickly or chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) which develop slowly.
Can I Prevent Leukaemia?
Possible causes of Leukaemia include; smoking, exposure to benzene, radiation and blood disorders. The risk also increases with age and is greater for men compared to women. The most important thing is to take care of yourself. Particular recommendations are:
- Whatever you do, do not smoke and be sure that your children are not exposed to smoke.
- Avoid Benzene, which can be found in polluted air, art supplies and solvents.
- Be aware of the chemicals coming into your home and use natural and organic cleaning products where possible.
- Avoid inhaling gasoline.
- Do not submit yourself or children to unnecessary x-rays.
What are the symptoms?
Initially there might be no outward symptoms of Leukaemia and when they do appear symptoms might easily be missed. Do talk to your doctor if you experience: unexpected weight loss, fatigue, fever, joint pain and anaemia.