Expert Video - What is AML and what causes it?

Expert Dr. David Steensma describes acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a blood and bone marrow cancer that happens when a person has too many of a certain type of abnormal cells called blasts. While AML is most common in people over 60, it can happen at any age. People who have had radiation or certain types of chemotherapy for cancer, have a disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), smoke or work with certain chemicals have a higher risk of AML.

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This educational activity has been developed by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, Inc. and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.

This activity is supported by educational grants from AbbVie, Acceleron, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Oncology.

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