Normally, blood cells are made in the bone marrow in an orderly and controlled way. In people with AML, this process gets out of control and many abnormal leukaemia cells are made. Although a total of 610 new cases of leukemia were registered during 2006-2007, only 228 fit the criteria for inclusion in this study. The overall SAAIR was 57.6 per million children (95% CI, 46.9-68.3); acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was the most frequent type of leukemia, constituting 85.1% of the cases (SAAIR: 49.5 per million).
Symptoms : Looking pale and feeling tired and breathless, which is due to anaemia caused by a lack of red blood cells, Having more infections than usual, because of a lack of healthy white blood cells, Unusual bleeding caused by too few platelets - this may include bruising (bruises may appear without any apparent injury), heavy periods in women, bleeding gums, nosebleeds and blood spots or rashes on the skin (petechiae)
Meeting a medical practitioner: Most people with AML are referred to a specialist haematology unit in the hospital. The haematologist will ask about your general health and any previous medical problems you’ve had. They’ll examine you to check if your lymph nodes, spleen or liver are enlarged. You’ll also have more blood samples taken to check the number of different cells in your blood and to look for leukaemia cells.If the blood test results are abnormal, the haematologist will want to take a sample of your bone marrow.