Updated 10.31.18 | In-depth leukemia coverage
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| CNN – WWE wrestler Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, better known by his stage name Roman Reigns, has announced that he is stepping away from the ring due to an ongoing fight against leukemia.
Reigns, a former football player who has since become one of World Wrestling Entertainment’s most popular personalities, announced Monday that he had been living with cancer for 11 years and that it had returned.
He said he would relinquish his claim to the WWE’s Universal Championship as he focuses on battling leukemia.
“When I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with this. And very quickly I was able to put it in remission. But I’m not going to lie, that was the hardest time in my life. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have any money, I didn’t have a home and I had a baby on the way,” Reigns said in an emotional speech in Rhode Island to kick off WWE’s Monday Night Raw program.
He thanked the WWE for giving him a chance after his football career had ended. Read more.
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Reigns stunned the WWE Universe last week on RAW when he revealed that he was first diagnosed with the terrible disease 11 years ago and after quickly putting it in remission the cancer unfortunately returned recently.
The Big Dog then relinquished the Universal Championship and took an extended leave of absence to go home and battle the illness.
The four-time world champion has made a huge impact in the business ever since his main-roster debut in 2012 and one of his biggest admirers is Ricochet. READ MORE.
Leati Joseph Anoaʻi (born May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler and a former professional gridiron football player.
He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Roman Reigns. He is currently on hiatus due to an ongoing battle with leukemia.
After playing collegiate football for Georgia Tech, Anoaʻi started his professional football career with brief off-season stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) in 2007.
He then played a full season for the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos in 2008 before his release and retirement from football.
He then pursued a career in professional wrestling and was signed by WWE in 2010, reporting to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
As Roman Reigns, he made his main roster debut in November 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as The Shield. The trio teamed together until June 2014, after which Reigns entered singles competition.
Reigns is a four-time world champion in WWE, having held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship three times and the Universal Championship once.
He is also a one-time United States Champion, a one-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rollins), the 2015 Royal Rumble winner, and the 2014 Superstar of the Year.
He tied the WWE record for most eliminations in a Survivor Series elimination match with four in the 2013 event and set the then-record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match with 12 in the 2014 event.
Upon winning the Intercontinental Championship, he became the twenty-eighth Triple Crown Champion and the seventeenth Grand Slam Champion.
Since 2014, WWE has attempted to establish Reigns as their next “face of the company”, which has met with audience disapproval. Reigns has headlined numerous WWE pay-per-view events, including the last four WrestleManias (31, 32, 33 and 34). (Coverage continues below … )
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- Prognosis Five-year survival rate 57% (USA)
- Frequency 2.3 million (2015)
- Deaths 353,500 (2015)
Leukemia, also spelled leukaemia, is a group of cancers that usually begin in the bone marrow and result in high numbers of abnormal white blood cells.
These white blood cells are not fully developed and are called blasts or leukemia cells.
Symptoms may include bleeding and bruising problems, feeling tired, fever, and an increased risk of infections.
These symptoms occur due to a lack of normal blood cells. Diagnosis is typically made by blood tests or bone marrow biopsy.
The exact cause of leukemia is unknown. A combination of genetic factors and environmental (non-inherited) factors are believed to play a role.
Risk factors include smoking, ionizing radiation, some chemicals (such as benzene), prior chemotherapy, and Down syndrome.
People with a family history of leukemia are also at higher risk. There are four main types of leukemia — acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) — as well as a number of less common types.
Leukemias and lymphomas both belong to a broader group of tumors that affect the blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid system, known as tumors of the hematopoietic and lymphoid tissues.
Treatment may involve some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and bone marrow transplant, in addition to supportive care and palliative care as needed.
Certain types of leukemia may be managed with watchful waiting.
The success of treatment depends on the type of leukemia and the age of the person. Outcomes have improved in the developed world. The average five-year survival rate is 57% in the United States.
In children under 15, the five-year survival rate is greater than 60 to 85%, depending on the type of leukemia. In children with acute leukemia who are cancer-free after five years, the cancer is unlikely to return.
In 2015, leukemia was present in 2.3 million people and caused 353,500 deaths.
In 2012 it newly developed in 352,000 people. It is the most common type of cancer in children, with three quarters of leukemia cases in children being the acute lymphoblastic type.
However, about 90% of all leukemias are diagnosed in adults, with AML and CLL being most common in adults.
It occurs more commonly in the developed world.