Most blood cancers, also known as hematologic cancers, begin in the bone marrow, where blood is produced. Blood cancers develop when abnormal blood cells begin to proliferate uncontrollably, interfering with the function of normal blood cells, which fight infection and produce new blood cells. There are three main types of blood cancers: leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects white blood cells. Lymphoma is a cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Myeloma is a cancer that affects plasma cells, which are a type of white blood cell that produces antibodies. Symptoms of blood cancers can include fatigue, weakness, fever, weight loss, and enlarged lymph nodes.
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