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Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer; not having risk factors doesn't mean that you will not get cancer. People who think they may be at risk should discuss this with their doctor.
Possible risk factors for AML include the following:
Smoking, especially after age 60
Having had treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the past
Having had treatment for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the past
Being exposed to atomic bomb radiation or the chemical benzene
Having a history of a blood disorder such as myelodysplastic syndrome
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.