The bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside the bones which forms blood cells. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. AML is the rapid progression of leukemia targeting a specific group of white blood cells known as myeloid cells. These cells mature and become the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
AML also known as acute myeloid leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia.
AML develops due to genetic material or DNA mutation of the bone marrow cells. The mutated DNA instructs the bone marrow cells to keep growing and dividing until it’s out of control. The immature cells are then produced and developed into white blood cells named myeloblasts which cannot function correctly and outgrow healthy blood cells.
The signs and symptoms may look like other common diseases or flu which include:
If these symptoms occur and it worries you, consult a doctor for proper diagnosis.
The following are the risk factors of developing AML:
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