Leukemia Symptoms

While the exact cause of leukemia is not known, the different types share some common symptoms. These warning signs may include:

  • Fever
  • Persistent fatigue or feeling of weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Petechiae (tiny red spots under the skin caused by bleeding)

Symptoms of acute lymphoblastic leukemia may also include the presence of painless lumps under the skin in the groin, underarm or neck, and/or pain under the ribs.

These symptoms do not always mean you have leukemia. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor for a clear diagnosis, since they may signal other health problems.