GENESEO, N.Y., Sept. 22, 2023 – September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month and Livingston County is reminding residents of the importance of scheduling routine exams and appointments with healthcare providers.
One of the most common forms of cancer in children younger than 15 years, leukemia develops in tissues that are responsible for forming blood within the body. Under normal conditions, blood cells develop from within bone marrow including white blood cells, which act as the body’s defense against infection and other illnesses. Leukemia, however, leads to an excess amount of abnormal white blood cells circulating throughout the body, which in turn does not allow for the proper function of healthy cells.
It has been estimated that nearly 60,000 new cases of leukemia will be diagnosed in 2023 resulting in close to 24,000 deaths. Symptoms include fever or chills, persistent fatigue and weakness, frequent or severe infections, losing weight without trying, swollen lymph nodes or an enlarged liver or spleen, easy bleeding or bruising, recurrent nosebleeds, tiny red spots on your skin, excessive sweating, especially at night along with bone pain and tenderness.
For more information or resources, visit the American Association for Cancer Research’s website or speak with your healthcare provider.
About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.
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