The specific causes of leukemia are unknown to scientists. It appears to be the result of a mix of hereditary and environmental influences.
How can leukemia develop?
Leukemia is considered to develop when the genetic material or DNA of certain blood cells undergoes alterations (mutations). The DNA of a cell carries the instructions that tell it what to do. Normally, the cell’s DNA directs it to grow at a specific rate and die at a specific time. The mutations in leukemia signal the blood cells to keep growing and dividing.
Blood cell production becomes uncontrollable as a result of this. These aberrant cells can crowd out healthy blood cells in the bone marrow over time, resulting in less healthy white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets, which causes leukemia symptoms.