What are the key statistics about acute myeloid leukemia?
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for leukemia in the United States for 2013 are:
- About 48,610 new cases of leukemia (all kinds) and 23,720 deaths from leukemia (all kinds)
- About 14,590 new cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Most will be in adults.
- About 10,370 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 66 years.
AML is slightly more common among men than among women. The lifetime risk of getting AML for the average man is about 1 in 227; for the average woman the risk is about 1 in 278.
Information on treatment success rates for adult AML can be found in the section, “Treatment response rates for acute myeloid leukemia”
Last Medical Review: 07/24/2013
Last Revised: 09/20/2013