Leukemia Underlying Cause
The exact cause for leukemia is unknown. In general, some environmental substance or genetic defect causes abnormal white blood cells to grow out of control.
Inheritance plays a role in the risk for leukemia. Those who have a brother or sister with leukemia have a much greater chance of suffering from the disease.
Genes control the functions inside a cell. Special genes control how cells divide and grow. Cancer occurs when the damaged genes stimulate the cell to multiply out of control. The exact cause for this damage is unknown.
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