7 Rare Diseases That Affect the Blood

Blood: Elixir of Life

Blood could be called the elixir of life. Your blood performs many functions crucial to helping your body carry out the activities essential to keeping you alive. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to the tissues. White cells fight infection. Platelets help your blood to clot. So you might imagine what a serious threat to your health a blood disease could be. Rare blood diseases can attack any component of your blood and threaten your existence. Fortunately, even the rarest blood diseases are treatable.

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