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Are Men More Likely To Develop Leukemia?

Are Men More Likely To Develop Leukemia?

Almost 400,000 people in the United States are living with leukemia or are in remission from some form of the disease. Leukemia affects both men and women, although men tend to be at a higher risk than women. In the U.S., more than 60,000 people...
Posted 06/08/2022

Are Genetic Disorders Associated With Leukemia Risk?

Are Genetic Disorders Associated With Leukemia Risk?

Although scientists continue their research, the exact causes of leukemia have not been found. However, there are risk factors that are associated with the disease. A risk factor is something that increases the chance of developing a condition....
Posted 04/20/2022

Which Workplace Chemicals Raise the Risk for Leukemia?

Which Workplace Chemicals Raise the Risk for Leukemia?

Almost 400,000 people in the United States are living with leukemia or are in remission. As many as 2.8 percent of cases are thought to be due to workplace exposure to cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens). The carcinogens associated with an...
Posted 04/13/2022

Exposure to Radiation and the Risk for Leukemia

Exposure to Radiation and the Risk for Leukemia

Scientists don’t yet understand what causes most cases of leukemia to develop. However, they have identified several risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing this condition. Radiation exposure is one of these possible risk...
Posted 02/04/2022

Are Race and Ethnicity Risk Factors for Leukemia?

Are Race and Ethnicity Risk Factors for Leukemia?

Cancer often seems to appear without warning. This can be particularly true for leukemia, as most types of this blood cancer do not appear heritable, meaning they do not usually run in families. Leukemia is a broad term for cancers that affect...
Posted 01/28/2022

Weight and Leukemia: Does BMI Influence Leukemia Risk?

Weight and Leukemia: Does BMI Influence Leukemia Risk?

The causes of obesity are many and complex, but the health consequences of obesity are well-documented. A high body mass index (BMI) is believed to contribute to many chronic health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and a person’s...
Posted 01/10/2022

Does Night Shift Work Increase the Risk for Leukemia?

Does Night Shift Work Increase the Risk for Leukemia?

More than 15 million Americans work the night shift (or third shift), putting their hours in during the middle of the night. In 2021, the demand for night shift workers increased 14 percent compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic started. Many...
Posted 01/03/2022

Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Explained

Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Explained

There are thousands of protein molecules in our bodies required to carry out normal biological processes. Many of these proteins are signaling proteins called cytokines, which signal or “talk” to other molecules and provide necessary instructions...
Posted 06/01/2021

Can Genetic Disorders Put You at Risk for Leukemia?

Can Genetic Disorders Put You at Risk for Leukemia?

Most cases of leukemia develop on their own. They aren’t linked to any genes that are inherited. However, certain genetic disorders can be risk factors for leukemia. Genetic disorders are caused by inherited mutations, which are passed down from...
Posted 05/19/2021

What Causes Acute Myeloid Leukemia?

What Causes Acute Myeloid Leukemia?

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) — also known as acute myelogenous leukemia — is a type of cancer that begins in the bone marrow, where new red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are made. As AML progresses, leukemic (cancerous) cells build...
Posted 05/11/2021
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