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This section is for teenagers and young adults and is about a type of cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).
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If you’re looking for information about AML in people of all ages, please see our general AML| section.
Leukaemia is a cancer of the white blood cells. In leukaemia, the process for making new white blood cells gets out of control and immature white blood cells (called blasts) keep being made.
They build up in the bone marrow until there isn’t enough room for the bone marrow to make healthy white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. The body needs these cells to help us fight infection, carry oxygen from the lungs around our body and to stop us bleeding when we cut ourselves by clotting our blood.
This information is about a type of leukaemia called acute myeloid leukaemia. If you have a different type of leukaemia and want to know more, please contact us.
Many of the symptoms of AML are caused by having fewer than normal healthy blood cells in the body. Symptoms can include:
If you have any of these symptoms, or are worried that you may have AML, the first thing to do is see your family doctor (GP). They will examine you and refer you onto a hospital if they think you need to see a specialist doctor.
We don't know exactly what causes AML, but research is going on to try to find out.
If you think you might have any of the symptoms of AML, you should go straight to your GP. They'll talk to you about your symptoms, examine you and can arrange tests| or refer you to see a specialist.
Content last reviewed: 1 August 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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