One third of all childhood cancers are leukaemia, with approximately 400 new cases occurring each year in the UK. Approximately 3 out of 4 of these cases are acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) while the remaining quarter are acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).
ALL can affect children at any age but is more common in children aged 1-4. It is also more common in boys than girls. AML can afect children of any age, and girls and boys are affected equally.
Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is an additional form of leukaemia in children which develops slowly but is extremely rare.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
NHS Choices: Acute myeloid leukaemia
NHS Choices: Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Macmillan Cancer Support: Acute myeloid leukaemia
Macmillan Cancer Support: Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
CLIC Sargent: Acute myeloid leukaemia
CLIC Sargent: Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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