Blood Diseases

Your blood is a living tissue made of both liquids and solids. Plasma, the liquid portion of blood and is made up of water, salts and proteins. The solid part of your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

People may be affected by many different types of blood diseases and blood cancers. Common blood disorders include anemia, bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, blood clots, and blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Many blood disorders are inherited. Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States, affecting 70,000 to 80,000 Americans. Genetic diseases can also cause your blood to clot and genetic disease can also cause your blood to clot too little and even a small paper cut can be very serious.

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