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CML develops slowly and many people don’t have symptoms| in the early stages. It’s often discovered by chance when a blood test is done for another reason, such as before an operation or as part of a routine health check.
If there are symptoms in the early stages of CML, they develop gradually and are usually mild. They tend to be non-specific and can easily be confused with the symptoms of more common illnesses, such as flu.
The signs and symptoms of CML can include the following:
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor, but remember they are common to many illnesses other than CML
Content last reviewed: 1 February 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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