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Blood disorders

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Blood is made up of liquids (called plasma) and solids consisting of red and white blood cells and platelets.

Disruption of the plasma, cells or platelets affects blood function. Blood disorders can be inherited, or caused by other problems like lack of nutrients in the diet (anaemia) and cancers (leukaemia). Follow the links below to find trusted information about blood disorders.

Last reviewed: February 2014

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Sickle cell anaemia information | myVMC

Sickle cell anaemia is a blood disorder characterised by sickle-shaped red blood cells and abnormal haemoglobin, the protein which transports oxygen.

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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia - Information & Support - CanTeen

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) is a rare type of cancer of the white blood cells. Learn more about causes, diagnosis and treatments with CanTeen.

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Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia - Information & Support - CanTeen

Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) develops when damaged myeloid white blood cells grow out of control. Learn more about causes and treatments with CanTeen.

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All About Anaemia

Anaemia means that there are not enough red blood cells in the blood.

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Iron deficiency anaemia in children -

Iron deficiency anaemia is often due to insufficient iron in the diet. Find out about prevention and treatment.

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Rare Cancers Australia - Directory - Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Rare Cancers Australia is a charity whose purpose is to improve the lives and health outcomes of Australians living with a rare or less common cancer.

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Anaemia describes a condition where there is a low red blood cell count or low haemoglobin level.

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Anaemia | myVMC

Anaemia is the general name for a range of disorders affecting red blood cells. Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen in the blood.

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Thalassaemia (Mediterranean anaemia; Cooleys anemia)

Thalassaemia is a genetic blood disorder characterised by abnormal production of haemoglobin, the blood cells which transport oxygen.

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Myeloid leukaemia (childhood bone marrow cancer) | myVMC

Acute myeloid leukaemia is a cancer that arises in the precursors of myeloid cells in bone marrow. In normal circumstances, these form white blood cells.

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