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CLASS UPDATE: The following is the new schedule for the classes that got postponed because of the hurricane threat.

Maternity tour originally scheduled for 9/10/17 will now take place on 9/17/2017 same time at the Clinic A of the UNC Women's Hopsital, 1st floor
Prenatal Yoga originally scheduled for 9/11/17-10/2/17 will now take place 9/18/17-10/9/2017 same time and location
Mom's Network Group meeting on 9/12/17 has been cancelled, meetings will resume the following tuesday 9/19

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Topic of the Month: Leukemia Awareness Month

 

September is Leukemia Awareness Month! Leukemia is a cancer that forms in the blood-making cells in the bone marrow. Leukemia can affect red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, though it typically affects the white blood cells, which play a very large role in the body’s immune system.1 White blood cells help fight of disease, foreign substances, and abnormal cells in your body, and with Leukemia, they do not function properly. These white blood cells are mostly produced in bone marrow, but different types can be formed in the lymphatic system, thymus gland or the spleen. There are multiple types of Leukemia: Acute Leukemia or Chronic Leukemia, either of which could be Myelogenous or Lymphatic. Acute Leukemia is the most common form, growing quickly and being capable of affecting either children or adults. Chronic Leukemia mostly affects adults as it grows slowly over time.4 Lymphocytic Leukemia affects the white blood cells, inhibiting their function and causing them to divide abnormally. Myelogenous Leukemia, on the other hand, affects the other types of blood cells (red blood cells, platelets, or ganulocytes).3 Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia is the most common form that affects children.

 

Symptoms of Leukemia:

1.       Bleeding and bruising easily

2.       Fevers

3.       Night sweats

4.       Weight loss

5.       Bone or joint pain

6.       Frequent infections

 

Risk factors for Leukemia:

1.       Smoking

2.       Radiation exposure2

3.       Exposure to chemicals, such as benzene1

4.       Genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome

 

References:

1.       Healthline: http://www.healthline.com/health/leukemia#overview1

2.       Medicine Net: http://www.medicinenet.com/leukemia/article.htm#what_causes_leukemia_is_leukemia_hereditary

3.       WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/leukemia-topic-overview#1

 

4.       Seattle Cancer Care Alliance:  https://www.seattlecca.org/diseases/leukemia/leukemia-facts-0

 

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