Dr Paul Ferguson, clinical lecturer in haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, describes what leukaemia is.
Who can it effect?
Anyone can develop leukaemia at any age. Although it is more common in adults, leukaemia is the most common form of childhood cancer, with most children diagnosed under the age of 5.
The four main types of leukaemia
In order to ensure you that sufferers of leukaemia are accessing the correct information it is important that they have the proper medical diagnosis.
What are the symptoms of leukaemia?
Symptoms can include:
If you find that you’re suffering with any of these symptoms we would advise that you visit your GP to investigate the cause. However, these symptoms are common to many other illnesses so it is highly unlikely that acute leukemia is the cause.