Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) may be able to help prevent the disease by not smoking. Because scientists have not yet discovered what causes AML, however, researchers continue to study how to prevent the disease.

At the OSUCCC – James, expert researchers continually focus on studying blood cancers and prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. In fact, the OSUCCC – James is consistently paving the way in leading-edge therapies and discoveries, leading to even more highly targeted care and treatment.

Couple that with world-renowned diagnostic experts and the most advanced diagnostic techniques to enable physicians to detect AML as early as possible, and patients are experiencing improved outcomes, faster responses to treatment and fewer side effects.

Screening tests help find cancer at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment are greatest. Though no standardized screening tests have been shown to detect AML, the subspecialists at the OSUCCC – James are developing screening tests for people who are at risk for the disease. If you have risk factors, talk to your doctor about the need for testing.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that increases your risk of developing AML. Both men and women can develop AML, but men over the age of 50 tend to be at a higher risk for the disease.

AML risk factors include:

  • Being male
  • A history of treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Smoking, especially past age 60
  • Past treatment for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Previous exposure to radiation from an atomic bomb or to the chemical benzene
  • History of a blood disorder such as myelodysplastic syndrome (a group of diseases in the bone marrow’s stem cell in which the marrow does not make enough red blood cells, white blood cells and/or platelets)

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

If you’ve been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a leukemia specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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