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What Increases Your Risk
A risk factor is anything that makes you more likely to get a disease. Most people who have leukemia do not have any known risk factors. But things that increase your risk of having leukemia include:
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor to schedule an appointment if you have any symptoms, such as:
Watchful waiting is a period when your doctor is checking you regularly but not treating you. It is also called observation or surveillance. It means that you and your doctor will watch to see if you develop symptoms. It may be a treatment choice if you are an older adult, depending on the stage of the leukemia and your overall health.
Watchful waiting may give as good or better results than more aggressive treatment for early stage chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). It is estimated that 1 out of 3 people who have CLL never need treatment.3 People who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia often live for a long time without treatment. Watchful waiting is not usually recommended for other types of leukemia.
During watchful waiting, you will:
Who To See
Health professionals who can evaluate symptoms of leukemia include the following:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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