Quick Quiz: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

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Chronic myeloid leukemia, also known as chronic myelogenous leukemia, is a malignancy that originates in blood-forming cells (called myeloid cells) found in bone marrow.1 According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 8990 individuals (5250 men and 3740 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2019, and approximately 1140 individuals (660 men and 480 women) will die from the disease in the same year.1 How much do you know about chronic myeloid leukemia?

Chronic myeloid leukemia is considered a common cancer in the United States, accounting for 15% of all new cases of leukemia, and is estimated to be diagnosed in 1 of 526 individuals in their lifetime.1 The disease tends to affect individuals aged ≥65 years and is considered very rare in children.1 Due to recent therapeutic advances, the 5-year survival rate for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia has more than tripled from 22% for people diagnosed in the mid-1970s to 67% for those diagnosed between 2008 and 2014, which are the most recent data available.2 However, public awareness of chronic myeloid leukemia needs to remain a priority to increase survival rates and improve patient quality of life.