Cause of hairy cell leukemia
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Hairy cell leukemia is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). Leukemia may affect red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Gender and age may affect the risk of hairy cell leukemia.
Hairy cell leukemia Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a cancer of the blood that starts in your bone marrow the soft tissue inside some of your bones where blood cells are made. It happens when your bone marrow makes too many white blood cells called B lymphocytes. The cells that cause the cancer look" hairy" under a microscope, which is what gives HCL its name.
Risks and causes Hairy cell leukaemia Cancer
Rare cases of hairy cell leukemia affect T lymphocytes, which are cells that help B lymphocytes fight infection. While the exact cause of HCL is unknown, some research shows a relationship between this type of cancer and exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange, which was used to destroy crops and jungle canopy during the Vietnam War.