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Screening

Find out about screening for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).

No screening available

There is no national screening programme because:

  • this condition is very rare, so many people would have unnecessary tests
  • the benefits don't outweigh the costs

What screening is

Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:

  • must be reliable at picking up the illness
  • must be simple and quick
  • overall must do more good than harm to people taking part

Leukaemia generally is not a common condition. Talk to your GP if you think you are at higher than average risk of acute myeloid leukaemia.

You can call the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040. The lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You could talk to them about your risk of AML.

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