It is most likely to affect people over the age of 55 years, but it is also the most common cancer in those aged under 15 years.
In the United States, 62,130 people are expected to receive a diagnosis of leukemia in 2017, and around 24,500 deaths will likely be due to this disease.
Acute leukemia develops quickly and worsens rapidly, but chronic leukemia gets worse over time.
- Fast facts on leukemia
- Early signs