Leukemia is a cancer that affects the blood cells of the body. The cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body and if left untreated, leukemia is fatal. The good news is that leukemia presents with early warning symptoms and advances in medicine have made the fight against leukemia winnable in many cases, if the early warning symptoms are headed and treatment began within the early stages of leukemia.
Vague Early Warning Symptoms of Leukemia
Leukemia presents in the early stages with vague symptoms such as fever and fatigue. While these symptoms are vague and can be attributed to any number of other health issues, inexplicable, chronic fever and fatigue are the body’s signals that something is wrong.
Night sweats are an early warning symptom of leukemia which is often chalked up by women of a certain age as being a normal part of the aging process. Night sweats associated with other menopausal symptoms are normal, but should be discussed with an gynecologist just to be on the safe side. Fever, fatigue combined with night sweats might be early warning symptoms of leukemia.
Lack of appetite and weight loss are two other early warning symptoms of leukemia that often are dismissed as symptoms of any disease in our weight-conscious culture. Losing weight when not trying too and sudden loss of appetite are symptoms of something amiss in the body, possibly symptoms of leukemia.
Joint pain or bone pain, often chalked up to overuse or arthritis, is an early warning symptom of leukemia. When joints or bones ache and are painful without known reason or prior diagnosis of arthritis, the pain could be part of the early warning symptoms of leukemia.
Specific Early Warning Symptoms of Leukemia
Some leukemia symptoms are vague, some are more specific, such as the tendency to bleed easily. Minor scratches that bleed profusely (when blood thinner medications are not be taken) can be a specific early warning symptoms of leukemia.
Inexplicable bruising on the body when little or no trauma to the area can be remembered is an specific early warning symptom of leukemia.
Swelling around the neck, under the arms, in the abdomen or in the groin area is also a specific early warning symptom of leukemia.
Leukemia occurs when the bone marrow begins to rapidly produce abnormal white blood cells which crowds out the production of normal white blood cells. The early warning symptoms of leukemia result due to the body’s inability to produce normal white blood cells. If several of these symptoms, including both the vague and specific symptoms, develop within a short period of time, see a doctor.