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Leukemia Information Added to NIH Web Site about Senior Health


For Immediate Release
Monday, October 27, 2008

Stephanie Dailey, NIA
(301) 496-1752

Kathy Cravedi, NLM
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Information about leukemia has just been added to NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Web site designed especially for older adults. Consumers can visit to learn more about leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells that affects 10 times as many adults as children. In fact, more than 65 percent of people diagnosed with leukemia are older than 55 years of age.

“An estimated 44,000 new cases of leukemia will be diagnosed this year, and the majority of those cases will involve older adults,” says John E. Niederhuber, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the NIH. “The new leukemia topic on NIHSeniorHealth is an excellent source of easy-to-understand information that will help older people, their families and caregivers learn about this disease, its diagnosis and treatment.” NCI developed the content for the new leukemia section of the NIHSeniorHealthWeb site.(

One of the fastest growing age groups using the Internet, older Americans increasingly turn to the World Wide Web for health information. In fact, 68 percent of online seniors look for health and medical information when they go on the Web. NIHSeniorHealth is a joint effort of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The site is based on the latest research on cognition and aging. It features short, easy-to-read segments of information that can be accessed in a number of formats, including various large-print type sizes, open-captioned videos and an audio version. Additional topics coming soon to the site include complementary and alternative medicine, dry eye, and substance abuse and older adults.

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