Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells that affects more than 60,000 people each year. And while scientists understand how leukemia forms, they don’t quite understand the exact cause of it.
In general, leukemia develops when the DNA in blood cells mutate, disabling their ability to control growth and division. Over time, these abnormal cells can crowd out healthy blood cells in the bone marrow, eventually causing the signs and symptoms of leukemia.
While the exact cause of a person’s leukemia may not be known, there are certain risk factors linked to the disease.
If you feel as though you might be at an increased risk for developing leukemia, we recommend that you talk with your physician to express your concerns. If you have already been diagnosed with leukemia, however, know that Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers is committed to helping you every step of the way. By providing access to advanced treatments and supportive cancer care customized to your specific needs, we will battle leukemia together.