Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Ebook (PDF)
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia CML~What is CML? Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a slow growing cancer in which the bone marrow – the soft, spongy tissue in the center of bones – makes too many white blood cells. This type of leukemia is also called chronic myelogenous leukemia, chronic myelocytic leukemia, or chronic granulocytic leukemia.
Statistics CML is an uncommon type of leukemia, making up about 15% of all cases of leukemia among adults. About 4,000 to 5,000 new cases of the disease are diagnosed each year in the United States. People of any age can develop CML, but it is most common in adults 50 years of age and older. Risk Factors Children of parents with CML do not have a greater risk of developing the disease. There is a question as to whether radiation used for treatment raises the risk of CML. No infectious agents are linked to the development of this leukemia.