Blood disorders include a wide range of medical problems that lead to poor blood clotting and continuous bleeding. When someone has a blood disorder they have a tendency to bleed longer. The disorders can result from defects in the blood vessels or from abnormalities in the blood itself. The abnormalities may be in blood clotting factors or in platelets. In many blood disorders, symptoms include anemia, fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, weakness, general malaise, and degeneration of the nervous system. Many blood disorders are hard to diagnose, but they are sometimes easily treated if diagnosed correctly.
In some cases, drugs used to damage DNA, and to treat cancers, such as breast and ovarian, may cause a blood disorder. In some cases, people with a weakened immune system may be at increased risk for a blood disorder.
Sources: Health Insite, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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