Chronic myeloid leukemia’s causes continue to be the subject of extensive research, and at the OSUCCC – James, expert scientific researchers continually focus on ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure blood diseases.
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 CML as early as possible, and patients are experiencing improved outcomes, faster responses to treatment and fewer side effects.
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Risk Factors
Anything that increases the chance of developing chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a risk factor.
CML risk factors include:
- High-Dose Radiation Exposure: Such as from an atomic bomb or nuclear reactor accident
- Age and Gender: CML appears more often in men than in women, and the risk of developing CML increases with age (67 years old is the average age at diagnosis)
- The Philadelphia Chromosome: Nearly all CML patients have an abnormal chromosome called the Philadelphia chromosome, which develops after birth and is detected only through a genetic test for this specific abnormality; researchers at the OSUCCC – James are investigating the cause of this chromosome change
Not everyone with risk factors gets CML. If you have risk factors, however, it’s important to talk with your doctor.
If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic 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.