What Happens to Adults if They Develop Acute Leukemia?


What if adults develop acute leukemia? Is there any difference in incidence due to different types?


Acute leukemia can be classified into different types. The incidences of these types vary in different groups of people.

Among others, Adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer originated from the blood and bone marrow, is the most common type both in children and adults. Children with AML are likely to be cured, while adults with AML tend to have much less chance of being cured. If left untreated, the disease usually get worse quickly.

Although acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is more common in children than in adults, it remains the second most common type in adults, compared to in all acute leukemia cases. Take the United States for an example, over 6,500 people develop ALL per year.

According to the National Cancer Institute, adults is most affected group by both chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).


Keywords: acute leukemia adults

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