Leukemia Awareness Color: Orange
Leukemia Awareness Month: September
Leukemia is a blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow, where blood cells are formed. Leukemia affects the way in which bone marrow produces white blood cells, causing an uncontrolled number to be formed. This prevents healthy blood from being produced, which can produce life-threatening symptoms.
There are two categories of leukemia, acute and chronic, with the acute progressing more quickly. Within these categories, there are many different types of leukemia, some of which are more common in children and some which are more common in adults. Depending on the specific diagnosis, treatments vary widely but there are many options to help make a successful recovery.
*Sources: US National Library of Medicine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002276/