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Who's more likely to get acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

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You might be more likely to get acute myeloid leukemia (AML) if you:

  • Smoke
  • Have been around certain chemicals such as benzene
  • Have taken chemotherapy drugs, including mechlorethamine, procarbazine, and chlorambucil
  • Have been around high doses of radiation
  • Have a certain type of blood disorder
  • Have a certain birth defect or disorder, such as Down syndrome
  • Are male

From: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is acute myeloid leukemia?" "How is acute myeloid leukemia classified?" "What are the risk factors for acute myeloid leukemia?" "How is acute myeloid leukemia diagnosed?" "Treating Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (AML) Topics."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Leukemia Facts & Statistics," "Acute Myeloid Lymphoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is acute myeloid leukemia?" "How is acute myeloid leukemia classified?" "What are the risk factors for acute myeloid leukemia?" "How is acute myeloid leukemia diagnosed?" "Treating Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (AML) Topics."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Leukemia Facts & Statistics," "Acute Myeloid Lymphoma."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 11, 2019

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