Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) statistics

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Cases

New cases of acute myeloid leukaemia, 2015-2017, UK.

Deaths

Deaths from acute myeloid leukaemia, 2015-2017, UK.

  • There are around 3,200 new acute myeloid leukaemia cases in the UK every year, that's more than 8 every day (2015-2017).
  • Acute myeloid leukaemia accounted for less than 1% of all new cancer cases in the UK in 2017.
  • In females in the UK, acute myeloid leukaemia accounted for around 1,400 new cancer cases in 2017.
  • In males in the UK, acute myeloid leukaemia accounted for around 1,800 new cancer cases in 2017.
  • Incidence rates for acute myeloid leukaemia in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2015-2017).
  • Each year more than 4 in 10 (42%) of all new acute myeloid leukaemia cases in the UK are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over (2015-2017).
  • Since the early 1990s, acute myeloid leukaemia incidence rates have increased by more than a quarter (29%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by almost a quarter (23%) and rates in males have increased by more than a quarter (29%) (2015-2017).
  • Over the last decade, acute myeloid leukaemia incidence rates have increased by more than a twentieth (7%) in the UK. Rates in females have remained stable, and rates in males have increased by more than a twentieth (7%) (2015-2017).
  • Leukaemia (AML) in England is more common in males living in the most deprived areas. There is no association for females.
  • An estimated 6,100 people who had previously been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.

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  • There are around 2,600 acute myeloid leukaemia deaths in the UK every year, that's around 7 every day (2015-2017).
  • Acute myeloid leukaemia accounted for 2% of all cancer deaths in the UK in 2017.
  • In females in the UK, acute myeloid leukaemia accounted for around 1,100 deaths in 2017.
  • In males in the UK, acute myeloid leukaemia accounted for around 1,600 deaths in 2017.
  • Mortality rates for acute myeloid leukaemia in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2014-2016).
  • Since the early 1970s, acute myeloid leukaemia mortality rates have increased by around four-fifths (79%) in the UK. Rates in females have increased by almost three-fifths (56%), and rates in males have increased by more than nine-tenths (93%).
  • Over the last decade, acute myeloid leukaemia mortality rates have increased by a twentieth (5%) in the UK. Rates in females have remained stable, and rates in rates in males have remained stable.
  • Leukaemia (AML) deaths in England are not associated with deprivation.

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  • Five-year relative survival for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in men is similar to the European average in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Five-year relative survival for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in women is below the European average in England but similar to the European average in Scotland.

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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.

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