Symptoms of acute myelogenous leukemia, also known as AML, include pale skin, frequent infections, fever, bone pain and unusual bleeding. Initially, the disease is sometimes mistaken for the flu, according to Mayo Clinic.
AML is a result of DNA damage to young bone marrow cells. This DNA damage can be caused by chemotherapy and other chemical exposures, reports Mayo Clinic. The disease is commonly seen in men over the age of 65. Smoking, previous cancer treatment and some genetic disorders can increase a person's risk of developing AML. Survivors of nuclear reactor accidents might also develop AML as a result of the radiation exposure.