Essay by kathygUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, September 2003

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In America there is a growing concern with the development of Cancer. Over one million Americans are diagnosed with different kinds of cancer each year. One of the most well known kinds of cancer is leukemia. Every year, almost 27,000 adults and more than 2,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with leukemia,(American Cancer Society Facts and Figures) a very devastating disease. There is much more to leukemia than just the disease itself. Understanding the nature of leukemia involves looking at an overview of the disease, becoming aware of the symptoms, and learning about the different treatments of leukemia.

A good way to understand leukemia is to look at an overview of the disease. First of all, the types of leukemia are significant. Leukemia, in general, is a form of cancer that starts in the bone marrow and metastasize into the blood. Leukemia is divided into two parts: lymphocyte and myelogenous, and both then can be subdivided into acute and chronic.

Chronic leukemia "refers to a condition where the cells look mature, but they are not completely normal." Chronic also means prolonged, which refers to the length of time the cells live. Acute leukemia refers to how quickly the cells divide. In acute leukemia the cells are not able to mature before they die.

"Lymphocytes leukemia is developed from lymphocytes in the bone marrow." (Resource Center Feb. 2003) Lymphocytes make up lymphoid tissue, which is important in removing the body of bacteria that assist cells in neutralizing the bacteria. Lymphoid tissue also makes up the immune system. Myelogenous leukemia is formed from either granulocytes or monocytes. Both, granulocytes and monocytes are essential in protecting the body against bacteria.

Acute lymphocyte leukemia is the most common form of leukemia in children. Acute lymphocyte leukemia grows very rapidly in...