Source: Cancer Resource Room
Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells.
In acute leukemia, the disease comes on
suddenly and gets worse quickly if it
is not treated. Most childhood leukemias
are acute. Chronic leukemia is usually
milder at the start and gets worse more
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) Also
known as "childhood leukemia"
because it is the most common childhood
cancer. Usually occurs between 2 and 8
read more about Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) Also
called acute nonlymphatic leukemia. Usually
occurs in people over age 25, but sometimes
affects teenagers and children.
read more about Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) CML
is a slowly progressing disease in which
too many white blood cells are made in
the bone marrow. Also called chronic myeloid
leukemia or chronic granulocytic leukemia.
Sometimes occurs in adolescents but almost
never affects children. Most commonly
affects adults. Five percent of childhood
leukemias are CML.
To read more about Chronic Myelogenous
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