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What Are the Survival Rates for People With Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)?

These are the facts according to statistics from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. However, it is important to understand that your actual survival rate varies greatly depending upon the subtype of AML you have and other factors.

  • The five-year survival rate AML is 24 percent.

  • This year, about 12,810 people will be diagnosed with AML.

  • In 2009, 9,000 men and women will die of acute myeloid leukemia.

Other Factors That Affect Your Prognosis

The incidence of acute myeloid leukemia is higher in whites than other races, and higher in men compared with women. Here is a list of other conditions and characteristics that affect your prognosis. They do not correspond to any specific subtypes of AML. Your prognosis may be worse if you have any of these traits.

  • Part of chromosomes 5 or 7 is missing.

  • You have an extra chromosome 8 or complex changes involving many chromosomes.

  • You're older than 60.

  • Your white-blood-cell count is over 100,000.

  • You have had a preleukemic condition or your AML developed after being treated for another cancer.