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Indicator Report - Leukemias

Why Is This Important?

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming cells. Leukemia starts in the bone marrow and then spreads to the blood. From there it can go to the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, central nervous system, and other organs.

Not all leukemias are the same. Leukemias are divided into 4 main types: acute or chronic and lymphocytic or myeloid. Acute luekemias generally act faster but are more likely to be cured. Chronic leukemias generally last much longer but are more difficult to cure. Myeloid leukemias primarily involve cells called granulocytes or monocytes, while lymphocytic leukemias usually develop from a type of cell called lymphocytes.

Some risk factors for developing leukemia include smoking, environmental exposures such as benzene, herbicides and insecticides, radiation, blood problems, viral infections, genetics, and lack of proper diet and exercise (

Leukemia Incidence by Year and Sex, Utah, 1990-2007

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Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 population.

Data Sources

Population Estimates: Utah Governor's Office of Planning and Budget. The cancer data was provided by the Utah Cancer Registry, which is funded by contract N01-PC-35141 from the National Cancer Institute's SEER Program with additional support from the Utah Department of Health and the University of Utah.

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The rate of leukemia (ICD-10: C91-C95) in Utah per 100,000 population.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: The number of incidents of leukemia among Utah population for a given time period (ICD-10: C91-C95).
Denominator: Population of Utah for a specific period of time.

Page Content Updated On 07/30/2012, Published on 08/27/2012
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:22 MST