Can Acute Myeloid Leukemia Be Found Early?

For many types of cancer, finding the cancer early makes it easier to treat. The American Cancer Society recommends screening tests for early detection of certain cancers in people without any symptoms.

But at this time, there are no special tests recommended to find acute myeloid leukemia (AML) early. The best way to find leukemia early is to report any possible symptoms of leukemia to the doctor right away.

Some people are known to be at increased risk of AML because they have certain blood disorders (such as myelodysplastic syndrome) or inherited disorders (such as Down syndrome), or because they were treated with certain chemotherapy drugs or radiation. Most doctors recommend that these people get careful, regular medical checkups. These people don’t usually develop leukemia, but they and their doctors should be familiar with the possible symptoms of AML.

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Last Medical Review: December 9, 2014 Last Revised: February 22, 2016

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