What is Acute Myeloid Leukaemia?

Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) is a type of blood cancer, and affects the white blood cells, known as myeloid cells.
It’s an aggressive and fast developing form of leukaemia.

AML is a a blood cancer of the bone marrow’s myeloid cells, and it is the most common form of leukaemia in adults.

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Dr Paul Ferguson, Clinical Lecturer in Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, describes what leukaemia is.







What causes AML?

It is not 100% clear what causes AML, and there are no proven links to it being inherited or genetic.
However, there are a few factors that can increase someones chances of AML, including:

– Age, AML is more likely to develop in older people
– Blood disorders such as myelodysplasia, myelofibrosis or polycythaemia vera.

What are the symptoms of AML?

Symptoms of AML can include:

  • skin looking pale or “washed out”
  • tiredness
  • breathlessness
  • having a high temperature, and feeling hot or shivery (fever)
  • losing weight without trying
  • frequent infections
  • unusual and frequent bleeding, such as bleeding gums or nosebleeds
  • easily bruised skin or flat red or purple spots on the skin
  • bone and joint pain

You should visit your GP if you are experience these symptoms.

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