November 13, 2015

In the United States, one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer (leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma) roughly every 3 minutes. Every 10 minutes, a person dies from one of these blood cancers. In 2013, it is estimated that 149,990 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with these diseases combined. These cases accounted for roughly 9.4% of the estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2014.

Leukemia is a cancer that begins in the blood’s stem cells, basic cells that develop into other types of cells and play different roles in the human body. Blood stem cells either develop into lymphoid or myeloid stem cells, and lymphoid cells develop into lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells. Leukemia causes high numbers of abnormal white blood cells that are not fully developed. This causes a lack of regular blood cells, which cause the symptoms of leukemia, which may include bleeding, bruising, fever, and/or feeling tired. There are different kinds of leukemia and the exact causes are unknown.

Types of leukemia that cord blood has been shown to treat include: acute lymphoblastic, acute myeloid, chronic myeloid, chronic myelomonocytic, and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. These 5 types of leukemia are among the 80 diseases that family cord blood can treat, which is why expecting parents choose to “save” their child’s stem cells using CariCord’s family cord blood banking services. If there is a history of any of these types of leukemias in your family, it can be especially important to consider storing your child’s cells using a private family cord blood service.

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