Anemia alias iron deficiency, not just associated with symptoms of fatigue and tired easily, but also can be an indicator of cancer. Although rare, but there are cancer cells that could take iron in the blood, causing anemia. Symptoms of anemia among others, always feeling tired, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, until decrease appetite. Groups of pregnant women and children aged less than two years is a group that will suffer the worst impacts if suffering from anemia because it can interfere with the growth of the child.
According to a medical specialist, anemia is not a disease, but a symptom to look for the underlying cause of anemia. Anemia is a condition that describes the concentration of hemoglobin or the number of erythrocytes (red blood cells) in the blood is less than normal value. Anemia is generally caused by the loss of red blood cells due to bleeding during an accident or surgery. Decreased production of red blood cells, and increased red blood cell destruction, or hemolysis also cause anemia.
The existence of cancer characterized by anemia not only blood-related cancers such as leukemia, but also other cancers such as breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and others. Colon cancer, for example, bleeding usually occurs around the cancer cells. That which reduces the volume of blood in the body, one of the causes of anemia.In addition to a decrease in blood volume due to bleeding, cancer cells can also damage the iron resulting in anemia. Hemoglobin is a parameter that determines anemia. The woman is said to have anemia if the hemoglobin is less than 12, whereas in men if less than 13.5.
However, it does not mean anemia always be an indicator of cancer. Anemia can be defined as a fever, which is not bound to show symptoms of certain diseases, but can be quite extensive. So to be sure what the cause of anemia, should be done with proper inspection. In addition to cancer, anemia may be an indicator of thalassemia disease, kidney disease, liver disease, connective tissue disease, chronic infections, and nutritional deficiencies.