What Causes Leukemia?
In order to hopefully treat and prevent recurrence of leukemia we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow leukemia to develop?"
Diagnose your symptoms now!
- understand what's happening to your body
- check your overall health status
- identify any nutritional deficiencies
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind leukemia consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to leukemia. Here are two possibilities:
- Increased Folic Acid Need
- Cigarette Smoke Damage
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
low folic acid level
smoking 6-20 cigarettes per day
recently quitting smoking
secondhand smoke exposure
reduced sense of smell
recent heavy tobacco smoking
current birth control pill use
macrocytic red cells
minor mouth sores
H2-blocker antacid use
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of leukemia:
|Cigarette Smoke Damage
|Increased Folic Acid Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Have you suffered from any type of Leukemia?
→ No / don't know
→ Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
→ Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
→ Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
→ Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate having acute lymphoblastic leukemia, having acute myeloid leukemia, having chronic lymphocytic leukemia or having chronic myeloid leukemia, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Cigarette Smoke Damage
Cigarette smoking is associated with increased risk for leukemia and may lead to leukemias of specific morphologic and chromosomal types. The association varies with age. In one study, smoking was associated with only a modest increase in overall risk for leukemia, but among participants aged 60 and older, smoking was associated with a twofold increase in risk for AML and a threefold increase in risk for ALL. Among older persons, risks increased with amount and duration of smoking. [J Natl Cancer Inst. 1993 Dec 15;85(24): pp.1994-2003]
Folic Acid Deficiency
Maternal folic acid supplementation during pregnancy was associated with a reduced risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children in a study in Western Australia. [Lancet 2001;358(9297): pp.1935-40]
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