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Understanding the Disease

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), it can be an overwhelming experience. Understanding AML and how it’s managed is an important first step in the treatment journey.

AML is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow that primarily affects white blood cells. AML occurs when myeloid stem cells become a type of immature white blood cell called myeloblasts. Myeloblasts are abnormal and do not become healthy white blood cells.

AML is the most common type of leukemia in adults. About 21,380 people in the United States were estimated to have been diagnosed with AML in 2017.

21,380 people in the US were estimated to have been diagnosed with AML in 2017 21,380 people in the US were estimated to have been diagnosed with AML in 2017 21,380 people in the US were estimated to have been diagnosed with AML in 2017