When you have AML you don’t make enough red blood cells, platelets and some types of white blood cell.  People with AML usually become unwell over a short period - usually a few days or weeks.

Over 3,000 people are diagnosed with AML every year. Both children and adults can develop AML, but the outlook and treatment can be different.

Around 15% of people with AML have a subtype called acute promyelocytic leukaemia (often called APL or APML).

The information in this section is for adults with AML but we also provide information about childhood AML.

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