Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common acute leukemia affecting adults.1
AML occurs when a mutation takes place in the DNA of a type of white blood cell called a myeloblast that is found in bone marrow.2 In 2022, it is estimated that there will be more than 20,050 people diagnosed with AML.1
- Adolescent and Young Adult
The overall 5 year survival rate for children with AML has increased over time and is now in the range of 65% to 70%. However, survival rates my vary depending on the subtype of AML and other factors.3
Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer death in both males and females ages 15-29 years old.4
AML is one of the most common types of leukemia in adults and its incidence significantly increases with age.1,5
The median age of diagnosis is 68 years old.5
While AML may be treatable, everyone’s journey may be different. Survivorship in AML begins the day of diagnosis and continues throughout life, even for a patient in remission. It is considered one of the most complex aspects of the cancer experience because it is different for every patient.
Always remember to speak with your oncologist and other members of your healthcare team about resources and tools that can help you navigate your cancer journey.
1. American Cancer Society. Key Statistics for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/acute-myeloid-leukemia/about/key-statistics.html. Accessed May 18, 2022.
2. Mayo Clinic. Acute myelogenous leukemia. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acute-myelogenous-leukemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20369109. Accessed May 18, 2022.
3. American Cancer Society. Survival Rates for Childhood Leukemia. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/leukemia-in-children/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html. Accessed on May 18, 2022.
4. American Cancer Society. Facts and Figures. https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/facts-and-figures-2020.html. Accessed on May 18, 2022.
5. National Cancer Institute. Cancer Stat Facts: Leukemia-Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/amyl.html. Accessed on May 18, 2022.