Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) statistics


New cases of acute myeloid leukaemia, 2013, UK


Deaths from acute myeloid leukaemia, 2014, UK


  • There were around 2,900 new cases of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in the UK in 2013, that’s around 8 cases diagnosed every day.
  • AML accounts for less than 1% of all new cases in the UK (2013).
  • In males, there were around 1,700 cases of AML diagnosed in the UK in 2013.
  • In females, there were around 1,200 cases of AML diagnosed in the UK in 2013.
  • Almost 6 in 10 (55%) acute myeloid leukaemia cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in people aged 70 and over (2011-2013).
  • Since the late 1970s, acute myeloid leukaemia incidence rates have increased by almost three-quarters (73%) in Great Britain. The increase is similar in males where rates have increased by almost three-quarters (73%), and in females where rates have increased by around three-fifths (61%).
  • Over the last decade, acute myeloid leukaemia incidence rates have increased by 7% in the UK, though this includes an increase in males (8%) and stable rates in females.
  • 1 in 200 men and 1 in 255 women will be diagnosed with AML during their lifetime.
  • Leukaemia (AML) in England is more common in males living in the most deprived areas. There is no association for females.

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  • There were around 2,500 acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) deaths in the UK in 2014, that’s around 7 deaths every day.
  • AML accounts for 2% of all cancer deaths in the UK (2014).
  • In males in the UK, there were around 1,500 AML deaths in 2014.
  • In females in the UK, there were around 1,100 AML deaths in 2014.
  • Around half (51%) of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) deaths in the UK each year are in people aged 75 and over (2012-2014).
  • Mortality rates for AML in the UK are highest in people aged 85-89 (2012-2014).
  • Since the early 1970s, acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) mortality rates have increased by more than four-fifths (84%) in the UK. The increase is larger in males (99%), than in females (60%).
  • Over the last decade, AML mortality rates have increased by almost a tenth (8%) in the UK, however this includes an increase (11%) for males and stable rates for females.
  • Leukaemia (AML) deaths in England are not associated with deprivation.

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  • ‘Two-week wait’ standards are met by all countries, and ‘31-day wait’ is met by all but England for acute leukaemia.
  • Almost 95% of patients had a ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ patient experience.
  • Around 8 in 10 patients are given the name of their Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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The latest statistics available for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in the UK are incidence 2013 and mortality 2014. Reliable survival data for the UK is currently not available.

The ICD codes Open a glossary item for AML are ICD-10 C92.0, C92.4, C92.5, C92.6, C92.8, C93.0, C94.0 and C94.2.

European Age-Standardised Rates were calculated using the 1976 European Standard Population (ESP) unless otherwise stated as calculated with ESP2013. ASRs calculated with ESP2013 are not comparable with ASRs calculated with ESP1976.

Lifetime risk estimates were calculated using incidence, mortality, population and all-cause mortality data for 2010-2012 due to the small number of cases.

Cancer waiting times statistics are for patients who entered the health care system within financial year 2014-15. AML is part of the group 'Acute leukaemia' for cancer waiting times data. Codes vary per country but broadly include: acute lymphoblastic, myeloid and monocytic leukaemia and some other leukaemia of specific or unspecified cell type.

Patient Experience data is for adult patients in England with a primary diagnosis of cancer, who were in active treatment between September and November 2013 and who completed a survey in 2014.

Deprivation gradient statistics were calculated using incidence data for three time periods: 1996-2000, 2001-2005 and 2006-2010 and for mortality for two time periods: 2002-2006 and 2007-2011. The 1997-2001 mortality data were only used for the all cancers combined group as this time period includes the change in coding from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The deprivation quintiles were calculated using the Income domain scores from the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) from the following years: 2004, 2007 and 2010. Full details on the data and methodology can be found in the Cancer by Deprivation in England NCIN report.


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