Cancer begins in your cells. Your cells are the basic building blocks of your body. Old cells die when they are supposed to, and new cells replace them as you need them if your body is working properly. However, your body may not work like it should. Old cells may not die like they ought to, and new cells are formed even though you do not need them.
A tumor (mass) can develop from these excess cells. These tumors are either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not cancer. Malignant ones are.
Cancer is much larger than a single disease. It is a huge group of diseases. Cancer is marked by cells that are invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue), aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of your body).
Kahler’s disease is one of the many different forms of cancer. Kahler’s disease starts in the plasma cells in your bone marrow. These are a type of white blood cell that makes proteins that are called antibodies that assist you in fighting infection.
In Kahler’s disease, a group of abnormal (mutated) plasma cells that are known as myeloma cells multiply. This raises the number of abnormal proteins in your blood. This, in turn, can lead to problems with your red blood cell count, bones and kidneys and immune system.
There are over 20,000 new cases of Kahler’s disease that are diagnosed every year in the United States. The majority of the people who develop this disease are over 50 years of age. Men are affected by this disease more often than women.
The specific cause of Kahler’s disease is unknown. However, what is known is that this disease begins with one mutated plasma cell in your bone marrow.
You may not experience any signs and symptoms with Kahler’s disease in its early stages. Signs and symptoms may also vary from person to person. Possible signs and symptoms include:
- A high level of calcium in your blood
- Unintended weight loss
- Unexplained fractures
- An increased likelihood of infection
- Back or bone pain
- Problems with bleeding
- Excessive thirst and urination
- Mental confusion
- Loss of appetite
- Numbness or weakness in your legs
- Symptoms of anemia like shortness of breath, tiredness and fatigue
- Weakness or numbness in your legs.