Leukemia--Chronic Myeloid (Myelogenous)

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What Is Leukemia - Chronic Myeloid (CML)? TOPICS

What are the key statistics about chronic myeloid leukemia?

The American Cancer Society's estimates for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 5,980 new cases will be diagnosed with CML (3,130 in men and 2,850 in women).
  • About 810 people will die of CML (550 men and 260 women).

A little over 10% of all new cases of leukemia are chronic myeloid leukemia. The average person's lifetime risk of getting CML is about 1 in 588. This disease is slightly more common in men than in women. It is also more common in whites than in African-Americans.

The average age at diagnosis of CML is around 64 years. Almost half of cases are diagnosed in people 65 and older. This type of leukemia mainly affects adults, and is only rarely seen in children.


Last Medical Review: 09/23/2013
Last Revised: 02/10/2014