The most common signs and symptoms of AML include shortness of breath, bruising, fever, weakness, and infection. Usually, AML develops quickly and worsens unless it is treated. The animation below provides a summary of the signs and symptoms of AML.
We do not fully understand why certain genetic abnormalities cause a blood cell to become abnormal and develop into a leukemia cell. However, certain risk factors may increase the chance of developing AML. Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will develop AML, and someone without any of these risk factors can still develop AML. The possible risk factors for AML include the following:
AML is not an inherited condition and cannot be transferred from one person to another.