How Common Is CML?
- Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) affects mostly adults, although children are diagnosed with CML, too.
- The chance of getting CML increases in people aged 65 years and older. However, people can develop CML at any age.
- An estimated 28,967 people were living with (or in remission from) CML as of January 1, 2009.
- About 5,430 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with CML in 2012.
The growing number of people living with CML reflects the important advances in the treatment over the last several years. Since 2001, the Food and Drug Administration approved six new drugs, and as a result, several effective therapies are now available for people with CML. This progress is expected to continue because of the concerted scientific research effort under way and patients' participation in clinical trials.