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Anemia

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Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells provide oxygen to body tissues. Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells. It gives red blood cells their red color. People with anemia do not have enough hemoglobin.

Cancer and its treatment can cause anemia by interfering with the body's production and regulation of red blood cells.

  • 10% of persons aged 65 and older have anemia
  • 50% of nursing home residents have anemia
  • Anemic elderly are twice as likely to be hospitalized for falls
  • 80% of chemotherapy patients have severe anemia4-6

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  • Amemia Facts

 

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