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Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention

Learn about the risk factors for chronic myeloid leukemia and if there are things you might be able to do to help lower your risk.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Learn more about the risk factors for chronic myeloid leukemia.


There's no known way to prevent most cases of chronic myeloid leukemia. Some kinds of cancer can be prevented by making lifestyle changes and avoiding certain risk factors, but this isn't true for most cases of CML. The only potentially avoidable risk factor for CML is exposure to high doses of radiation, which applies to very few people.