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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia occurs due to changes (mutations) in the genetic material (DNA) of a cell. The causes of these mutations are unknown. However, there are factors that might increase the risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia, including:
The symptoms (your own experience) and signs (things seen by a doctor) of acute lymphoblastic leukemia can be divided into 4 categories. As acute lymphoblastic leukemia affects the production of the three types of blood cells, each group produces different symptoms.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a rare disease and other conditions can cause similar symptoms, so if you see any of the symptoms listed above in yourself or your child please speak to your doctor.