What are the key statistics about acute myeloid leukemia?
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for leukemia in the United States for 2014 are:
- About 52,380 new cases of leukemia (all kinds) and 24,090 deaths from leukemia (all kinds)
- About 18,860 new cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Most will be in adults.
- About 10,460 deaths from AML. Almost all will be in adults.
Acute myeloid leukemia is generally a disease of older people and is uncommon before the age of 45. The average age of a patient with AML is about 67 years.
AML is slightly more common among men than among women, but the average lifetime risk in both sexes is less than ½ of 1%.
Information on treatment success rates for AML in adults can be found in the section “Treatment response rates for acute myeloid leukemia.”
Last Medical Review: 07/24/2013
Last Revised: 02/07/2014