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Three Main Types of Blood Cancers

Leukemia

Leukemia is a type of cancer found in blood and bone marrow, and is caused by the rapid production of abnormal white blood cells. The high number of abnormal white blood cells are not able to fight infection, and they impair the ability of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells and platelets.

Lymphoma

Lymphoma is a blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which removes excess fluids from your body and produces immune cells. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that fights infection. Abnormal lymphocytes become lymphoma cells, which multiply and collect in your lymph nodes and other tissues. Over time, these cancerous cells impair your immune system.

Myeloma

Myeloma is a blood cancer that specifically targets your plasma cells. Plasma cells are white blood cells that produce antibodies that fight disease and infection in your body. Myeloma cells prevent the normal production of antibodies, leaving your body’s immune system weakened and susceptible to infection.

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