Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a form of blood cancer, which affects the white blood cells known as myeloid cells. It is a rapidly progressing form of leukaemia.
AML is more common in older people, aged 60 and above. It can develop at any age but it is uncommon in children and young adults. The average age at diagnosis is between 65 and 70 years, and 6 in 10 cases are diagnosed in people aged 70 years and over.
AML is slightly more common in men than in women. 3,126 cases of AML are diagnosed in the UK each year.
If you would like further information on AML, there are a number of booklets available on the Leukaemia Care website here.