Leukemia--Acute Lymphocytic

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Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging TOPICS

Can acute lymphocytic leukemia be found early?

For many types of cancers, diagnosis at the earliest possible stage makes treatment much more effective. The American Cancer Society recommends screening tests for early detection of certain cancers in people without any symptoms.

But at this time there are no special tests recommended to detect acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) early. The best way to find leukemia early is to report any possible signs or symptoms of leukemia (see “Signs and symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia”) to the doctor right away.

Some people are known to have a higher risk of ALL (or other leukemias) because of an inherited disorder such as Down syndrome. Most doctors recommend that these people have careful, regular medical checkups. The risk of leukemia, although greater than in the general population, is still very low for most of these syndromes.

Last Medical Review: 12/02/2014
Last Revised: 02/18/2016