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Screening for acute myeloid leukaemia

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This page tells you why there is no screening for acute myeloid leukaemia. Screening means testing people for early stages of a disease before they have any symptoms.


Current screening

Before doctors can screen for any type of cancer or leukaemia, there must be an accurate test to use. The test must be reliable in picking up cancers that are there. And it must not give a positive result in people who do not have cancer. It must also be simple, safe and not too expensive.

At the moment, we don’t have a screening test that is reliable enough to use for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). So there is no UK screening programme.

Leukaemia generally is not a common condition. It would probably be most cost effective to screen people who may be at higher risk. But first we must be sure we know who has a higher risk of AML.


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Updated: 23 June 2016