Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Every one of us only wants the best for our families and for ourselves. We work to be able to provide for our family and for ourselves as well. Yet, there are times that work can be so stressful and we need to relieve ourselves from that. This is where smoking comes in. There are a lot of ways to relieve stress like go to the spa and get a massage, eat or sleep. For some, they prefer the easiest way and that is to pick up that cigarette stick, light it then puff. This is how some people relax, we can’t blame them but eventually this short term pleasure will give them long-term sufferings.

For the most part, smoking is known to be the primary cause of cancer and all the other diseases acquired by the smoker. One of the deadly diseases that smoking causes is acute myeloid leukemia. Myeloid leukemia is a group of disease that infiltrate the blood system and its characteristic changes are often found in the bone marrow and blood. The infected cells often get spilled and join in the circulation of other blood and tissues.

AML occurs when there is excessive production of immature white blood cells. The moment this happens, the production of normal blood cells are inhibited. These cells are called myeloid cells, and these cells disturb the function of the blood cells once they are linked up with the blood. Acute myeloid leukemia is more often seen men than women, and it usually prevails in men older than 65 years old.

AML starts to develop when a person is overexposed in toxins. Toxins like benzene triggers acute myeloid leukemia, and benzene is a known chemical in cigarette smoke. Benzene is also an ingredient in methamphetamine, and using too much of that can also cause AML to the person who is taking it. You will know if you are a candidate for suffering AML when symptoms have shown.

The most common symptoms include the following

  • Nosebleeds
  • bleeding gums
  • Fatigue
  • fevers,
  • bone aching/pain
  • breathlessness
  • bruising
  • paleness
  • skin rash or sores
  • weight loss
  • heavy periods.
  • night sweats
  • loss of appetite
  • excessive bleeding from cuts or wounds
  • slow healing wounds
  • red spots under the skin
  • frequent minor infections

These are definitely one of the worst diseases that smoking can cause a smoker. To prevent yourself or any loved one from suffering from acute myeloid leukemia, it’s best to visit the doctor for a check up and of course, stop smoking.