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Key Statistics for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

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The American Cancer Society’s estimates for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in the United States for 2024 are:

  • About 20,800 people will be diagnosed with AML. Most cases will be in adults.
  • About 11,220 people will die from AML. Again, most of these deaths will be in adults.

AML accounts for about 1 out of 3 leukemias in adults. Still, AML isn't common, accounting for about 1% of all cancers overall.

AML can occur in children, but it is uncommon in people under the age of 45. The average age of people when they are first diagnosed with AML is about 69.

AML is slightly more common among men than women, but the average lifetime risk of getting AML for both sexes is about 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.

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American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2024. Atlanta : American Cancer Society; 2024.

National Cancer Institute. SEER Cancer Stat Facts: Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). 2024. Accessed at on June 3, 2024.


Last Revised: June 5, 2024

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