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Are hematologic cancers serious?

Hematologic cancers are very serious. They are malignant tumors that are potentially lethal without treatment. Hematologic cancers are currently responsible for approximately 9.5 percent of cancer deaths in the United States. Approximately one person dies from a hematologic cancer every 10 minutes. It is estimated that approximately 53,240 people died from hematologic cancers in 2009 in the United States. Leukemia is the number one cause of death due to cancer in children and teenagers. Fortunately, the death rate attributed to hematologic cancers has decreased in recent years. This may be because of earlier diagnosis, more effective treatment, or both.

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