How is pediatric acute myelocytic leukemia (AML) prevented?

Updated: Sep 12, 2017
  • Author: Mark E Weinblatt, MD; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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The association of acute myelocytic leukemia with radiation, toxins, and drugs has been well documented. Reduced exposure to ionizing radiation should be an important maxim for every physician who orders diagnostic testing for patients, certainly pregnant women.

Until more evidence is available, general avoidance of chemicals and toxins should be a priority.

No dietary changes are known to affect a person's risk of developing acute myelocytic leukemia.


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