Doctors do not know exactly what causes acute myeloid leukemia. However, research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop this condition. These possible risk factors include being male, having a brother or sister with leukemia, and being exposed to cigarette smoke or alcohol before birth.
The cause of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is currently unknown, and doctors can seldom explain why one person will get acute myeloid leukemia and another person will not. However, leukemia research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop the condition. A risk factor is anything that increases a person's chance of developing a disease.
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