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Can you die from leukemia?

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It is possible to die from leukemia, and the National Cancer Institute estimated in 2014 that there would be 52,380 new cases and 24,090 deaths in that year. Leukemia is one of the most common cancers among children but occurs more often in adults.

WebMD explains that leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells that originates in a person's bone marrow. The disease causes bone marrow to create abnormal white blood cells that limit the body's ability to fight infection.

The Mayo Clinic lists the most common symptoms of leukemia as fevers, chills, persistent weakness, frequent and severe infection, unexplained weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, an enlarged spleen or liver, red spots on the skin, excessive sweating, bone pain or tenderness, and easy bruising or bleeding.


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