Who is this Lou Keymia Anyway?
Does someone you know have leukemia?
What does that mean?
What is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a type of cancer caused by diseased white blood cells. Blood cells are formed in the bone marrow (the spongy tissue inside the bone.) When diseased white blood cells are formed, not enough good white and red cells are made. The white cells cannot fight infections and the red cells cannot carry enough oxygen, so the patient feels tired and gets sick very easily. The diseased cells show up in a blood sample because they look different from normal blood cells.
We don’t really know what causes someone to get leukemia, but leukemia is NOT contagious. There is no cure yet for leukemia, but it can be treated. Patients can recover and feel better for long periods of time. This time is called remission.