Cancer - this one word is enough to send a shiver down our spine. Cancer, as we all are well aware of, is one of the most deadly disorders that affects humans.
Most of us, even though we may not admit to it, would be afraid that someday this dangerous disease may affect us!
Well, with the amount of cancer patients increasing by the day, it is a very natural fear to experience.
There are numerous theories and so-called miracle remedies that are believed to help prevent or cure cancer.
However, none of them are proven to be completely effective.
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Each year, thousands of people lose their lives to cancer; and even with medical advancements, a definitive cure for cancer hasn't been found.
Cancer is a disease in which there is an abnormal multiplication of cells, which thereby results in the damage of tissues and vital organs of the body, causing numerous symptoms. Most types of cancers are fatal.
Some of the most deadly types of cancers are breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer (melanoma), blood cancer (leukaemia), etc.
Here are some of the lesser known facts about Leukaemia (blood cancer), have a look.
Leukaemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood cells, especially the white blood cells and it usually stems from the abnormal multiplication of blood cells in the bone marrow.
There are two forms of leukaemia, the acute form and the chronic form and treatment for both forms vary widely.
It is said that leukaemia affects men more than women. Men have 31% more chances of getting this disease compared to women.
Leukaemia is not a very commonly seen type of cancer, as only 35 people out of 1 million people are affected by this disease, every year, and 5 out of the 35 affected individuals are children.
Leukaemia is known to be the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in children below the age of 14.
Smoking is known to be one of the main causes for the occurrence of leukaemia in adults.
Many a times, patients with certain types of blood cancers do not show any symptoms until the final stages, making the treatment very difficult.
Individuals who work with chemicals like formaldehyde and people who are exposed to certain kinds of radiations on a regular basis are more prone to be affected by leukaemia.