01/9Early signs of Leukemia
Leukemia is a cancer of blood cells or bone marrow. It happens when there is a problem with the production of the white blood cells in the body. The type of leukemia depends on the type of blood cell that turns cancerous. Approximately 1 million people are diagnosed with this disease every year in India. Early treatment can help you to recover faster. Regardless of which type of leukemia you have, there are few subtle signs that you should know:
If you often feel exhausted and tired even after sleeping for 8 hours, then get yourself checked. Fatigue and weakness are often caused due to deficiency of red blood cells also called anemia.
03/9Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath is another sign of leukemia. Being exhausted for a long time can make you weak and you may experience shortness of breath due to it. Just a simple task of walking a flight of stairs will become mountainous for you and even if you somehow manage to do it, you will be left gasping for air.
Do you get bruised very easy? Unexplained bruises without any physical injury can be due to cancer of blood cells. This happens due to low platelet count or clotting issues. The purple marks will be visible in different parts of your body, especially in legs and arms.
05/9Swollen or enlarged gums
Swollen gums are not always an outcome of bad oral hygiene. Increase in the size of the gums also known as gingival hyperplasia is usually found in a person suffering from acute leukemia.
An enlarged spleen can be a sign of chronic or acute type of leukemia. Enlarged spleen also leads to loss of appetite, which happens when the spleen is pushed up on the stomach.
07/9Fever or chills
Frequent fevers indicate an infection and a weakened immune system, which may be linked to cancer of blood cells. If you suffer from fever more than often then get yourself diagnosed.
If you are drenched in sweats at night then talk to your doctor about it. Sweating profusely is not a normal thing. It is often caused by infections that are linked to leukemia.
Headaches are not always caused due to stress or tension. Frequent headaches are related to leukemia or even bleeding in the head.