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 2017 are:

  • About 8,950 new cases will be diagnosed with CML (5,230 in men and 3,720 in women).
  • About 1,080 people will die of CML (610 men and 470 women).

A little over 10% of all new cases of leukemia are chronic myeloid leukemia. About 1 person in 555 will get CML in their lifetime in the United States.

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.

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

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Last Medical Review: February 24, 2015 Last Revised: January 6, 2017

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