Cancer is a disease that is feared by all people, due to its high severity. This disease can affect any part of the body, including the blood. Leukemia and Lymphoma both basically are a type of blood cancer. In the opinion of Ram V Chary several thousand of people are diagnosed with these two conditions every year in the United States. He is on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Inc, and hence has a good level of knowledge about these diseases and how it can affect people. He mentions that even though these two types of cancers do share certain symptoms, they also have many differences when it comes to their origins, symptoms, and treatments.
It’s the while blood cells of a person from which both leukemia and lymphoma stem from. In the case of leukemia, the bone marrow of a person ends up producing too many white blood cells that do not die off as they are supposed to. As per Ram V Chary this becomes a problem for the body as it tends to depend on red blood cells for the purpose of normal oxygen and nutrient transportation. Leukemia may start in the lymph nodes of a person in quite a similar manner. Lymphoma, on the other hand, generally starts at the lymph nodes itself. In certain cases, this ailment might be caused by the spread of abnormal white blood cells in various other parts of the body.
According to Ram V Chary leukemia is the most common childhood cancer. Every year, around 2700 children in the United States itself are diagnosed with this severe disease. Most of these children tend to suffer from acute leukemia. While Mr Chary is largely a corporate professional who has held various executive positions in several companies, he also has a keen interest in helping people out who are suffering from this disease. Owing to this reason, he supports the efforts of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in developing treatments and funding research.Read more : Dr. Paolo Boffetta – How Does Heavy Alcohol Consumption Induce Cancer
His years with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have made Ram V Chary a well-informed individual when it comes to these diseases. He says that when it comes to the adults having such cancers, most of them tend to develop chronic lymphocytic leukemi, chronic myelogenous leukemia or acute leukemia.
Even though there are multiple factors that may increase the risk of a person developing this ailment, in many cases, people having no risk factors also develop leukemia. While other the other hand, others with known risk factors do not develop this cancer. Factors of leukemia and lymphoma may include:
- Family history of leukemia
- Exposure to certain chemicals
- Genetic disorders
- Previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Hodgkin lymphoma is the most common type of this condition occurring among people belonging to the age group of 15 and 55, or even order. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma may develop among people of any age group, but is most commonly diagnosed in people aged 60 and more.