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Updated: 09/03/2017 08:30:00AM

How leukemia differs from other cancers

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Leukemia is a blood cancer, mostly affecting immature white blood cells deep within bone marrow.

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If asked to envision cancer, many people may automatically imagine tumors forming throughout the body through the uncontrolled growth of unhealthy cells. While that is a relatively accurate depiction of many types of cancers, leukemia does not fit that bill.

Unlike other “solid” cancers that originate in one part of the body, leukemia is often a cancer of the white blood cells that develop in the marrow of bones (although leukemia can form in any of the early blood-forming cells). According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, leukemia can claim a life every 10 minutes.

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