What Is the Average Life Expectancy for People With Leukemia?


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Average life expectancy for people with chronic myeloid leukemia is 72 years for men and 78 years for women, according to a 2005 to 2009 study reported by the National CML Society. As of 2010, life expectancy for the average American is 78.24 years, according to the World Bank.

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People with the more aggressive form of leukemia known as acute myeloid leukemia can die within just a few months if they don't get treatment, according to the University of Chicago. The level of success with chemotherapy varies greatly among patients with AML. In general, conditions have improved for people who have leukemia; the National CML Society reports that those with CML once had a life expectancy of just 3 to 7 years post-diagnosis.

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