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The American Cancer Society’s estimates for leukemia in the United States for 2016 are:

  • About 60,140 new cases of leukemia (all kinds) and 24,400 deaths from leukemia (all kinds)
  • About 19,950 new cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Most will be in adults.
  • About 10,430 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 “Treatment response rates for acute myeloid leukemia.”

Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

Last Medical Review: 12/09/2014
Last Revised: 02/22/2016