Our bodies are made up of billions of tiny cells. These cells contain a copy of the genetic plan for our growth, development and health. Among them are some faulty genes, something that everyone has, and usually these genes don't cause us any problems.
However, sometimes they can make us more prone to particular health problems and Down syndrome has been linked with leakumia.
Down syndrome has also been linked with transient leukemia (also known as transient myeloproliferative disorder) – a leukemia-like condition within the first month of life, which often resolves on its own without treatment.
While leukaemia is more common in children with Down syndrome than in the general population, only around 1 in 100 children with Down syndrome will develop the disease. (1)