Leukemia--Chronic Myeloid (Myelogenous)

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Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging TOPICS

Can chronic myeloid leukemia be found early?

The American Cancer Society recommends screening tests for certain cancers in people who have no symptoms because these cancers are easier to treat if found early. But at this time, no screening tests are routinely recommended to find chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) early.

CML can sometimes be found when routine blood tests are done for other reasons. For instance, a person's white blood cell count may be very high, even though he or she doesn't have any symptoms.

It is important to report any symptoms that could be caused by CML to the doctor right away. The symptoms of CML are discussed in "Signs and symptoms of chronic myeloid leukemia."

Last Medical Review: 02/24/2015
Last Revised: 02/22/2016