Which age groups have the highest prevalence of acute myelocytic leukemia (AML)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2017
  • Author: Mark E Weinblatt, MD; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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Acute myeloid leukemia is diagnosed in persons of all ages, ranging from the newborns to the elderly. In the first year of life, acute myeloid leukemia accounts for nearly one third of all newly diagnosed leukemias. For the rest of the first decade of life, ALL is more common than acute myeloid leukemia by a ratio of 4:1. The incidence of these diseases is roughly equal during adolescence, and the incidence of acute myeloid leukemia increases in adulthood.


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