What Are the Symptoms of Leukemia in Children?

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Common symptoms of leukemia in children include fatigue or pale skin, infections and fever, easy bleeding or bruising, extreme weakness, shortness of breath, and coughing, according to WebMD. Other symptoms may include bone or joint pain, swelling in the abdomen, swelling above the collarbone, loss of appetite, weight loss, headaches, seizure, balance problems or abnormal vision.

Symptoms of childhood leukemia occur when leukemia cells begin to crowd out normal cells, according to WebMD. If a child exhibits the signs or symptoms of leukemia, it is important to see a medical professional in order to obtain a proper diagnosis.

Childhood leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children and teens, according to WebMD. It is a cancer of the white blood cells. The infected cells form inside of the bone marrow and quickly travel through the bloodstream. There are six major types of childhood leukemia including acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, hybrid or mixed lineage leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is by far the most common, accounting for three out of every four cases of childhood leukemia. Acute myelogenous leukemia is the next most common. The other four are relatively rare.