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How Does Acute Myeloid Leukemia Affect Your Skin?

Acute myeloid leukemia is a form of cancer in the bone marrow, which produces blood cells. The disease tends to affect people over 65 years old. Over time, cancerous cells may grow quickly and spread to other parts of the body, such as the spinal cord, brain, spleen, liver, and skin. In this article, we’ll take a look at how acute myeloid leukemia affects the skin.

Leukemia Cutis

Leukemia cutis mainly happens in the advanced stages of acute myeloid leukemia. It refers to different symptoms that occur when cancerous cells enter the skin tissue. People with leukemia cutis may notice a rash that shows up as firm bumps in purple or red and bruise-like, flat skin patches. It is typically painless but would bleed. The condition would occur before, alongside, or after other symptoms of leukemia. While it is quite rare, leukemia cutis would affect other parts of the body, such as extremities, the trunk, and the face. [1]