Blood cancer diagnosis is often treated as a death warrant by people but what most people don’t know is that early detection helps a lot as it triples the chances of survival since it can be taken care of before it becomes very serious.
Which is why it is always important to take care of one’s health, below are some early symptoms of blood cancer you need to take note of.
Fever: Fever is one of the earliest signs of leukaemia; elevated body temperature is the reaction of the body fighting the intruding infections when the body is affected by leukaemia, the infection-fighting abilities of the cells goes down severely.
Unexplained bleeding: Any kind of unexplained bleeding from any of the orifices of the body, such as the mouth, nose, rectum or urethra needs to be checked at the earliest.
Rash or spots on the body: One of the hallmarks of leukaemia is a low platelet count when there aren’t enough of these blood-clotting cells in the body, bruising and bleeding becomes common.
Night sweats: Night sweats are episodes of breaking a sweat in the night, when the person wakes up from his sleep drenched, it can happen if the room is well ventilated or cool it is one of the most telling signs of leukaemia, although one doesn’t know exactly why it happens.
Fatigue: The haemoglobin count plummets when the person is suffering from leukaemia, haemoglobin is the component in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen so when there is a dearth of these cells, the person feels more fatigued and breathless than usual.
Chest pain, swelling of the feet: Constant chest pains and swelling in the feet is commonly seen in leukaemia patients with bleeding and clotting issues.
Recurrent infections: Low white blood cell count deprives the body of its warriors that fend off infections; this leaves the patient susceptible to infections.
You don’t need to panic because almost every one exhibit some of the listed symptoms but they don’t mean they have leukaemia, you should only get worried and see a doctor when these signs occur constantly and they don’t respond to treatment.
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