July Is African-American Bone Marrow Awareness Month

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How Is a Bone Marrow Disease Diagnosed?

Bone pain, achy joints and headaches can all be symptoms of bone marrow disease, though symptoms vary depending on the type of disease. A doctor can extract a small sample of bone marrow through a needle or extract a small piece of bone marrow tissue to check if the bone marrow is healthy. Leukemia, a cancer in which the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells, and aplastic anemia, where the bone marrow doesn't make red blood cells, are two common types of bone marrow disease.

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