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16 Silent Signs of Leukemia You Might Be Missing

Reader's Digest Logo By Jenny G. Zhang of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 17: Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, a malignancy that causes an abnormal production of certain blood cells. As the unhealthy blood cells crowd out healthy ones, blood function begins to falter and you may notice physical symptoms. The disease may get worse quickly if you have a type known as acute leukemia; the disease may progress slowly and get worse over time if you have chronic leukemia, according to the National Institute of Health. Regardless of which type you have, if you notice a collection of these subtle symptoms of leukemia, see your health care-provider for an evaluation. Here are other symptoms of cancer that are commonly ignored.

What is leukemia?

Leukemia, or cancer of the blood cells, causes subtle and surprising symptoms throughout the body. These are clear signs you need to get checked.

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, a malignancy that causes an abnormal production of certain blood cells. As the unhealthy blood cells crowd out healthy ones, blood function begins to falter and you may notice physical symptoms. The disease may get worse quickly if you have a type known as acute leukemia; the disease may progress slowly and get worse over time if you have chronic leukemia, according to the National Institute of Health. Regardless of which type you have, if you notice a collection of these subtle symptoms of leukemia, see your health care-provider for an evaluation. Here are other symptoms of cancer that are commonly ignored.

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