Don’t ignore these symptoms. You might have blood cancer
Blood cancer represents a large group of different malignancies. This group includes cancers of the bone marrow, blood, and lymphatic system, which includes lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, tonsils, thymus, spleen, and digestive tract lymphoid tissue.
Leukemia and myeloma, which start in the bone marrow, and lymphoma, starts in the lymphatic system, are the most common types of blood cancers. What causes these cancers is not known. As leukemia and myeloma grow within the bone marrow, they can interfere with the bone marrow’s ability to produce normal blood cells, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.
This can cause frequent infections, anemia, and easy bruising. Lymphomas, which most typically appear as an enlargement of the lymph nodes, can also interfere with the body’s ability to fight infections. Additionally, myelomas generate a substance that weakens bones and produce abnormal proteins that can cause symptoms in other parts of the body.
Some common blood cancer symptoms include:
- Fever, chills
- Persistent fatigue, weakness
- Loss of appetite, nausea
- Unexplained weight loss
- Night sweats
- Bone/joint pain
- Abdominal discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent infections
- Itchy skin or skin rash
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarms, groin