Acute myelogenous leukemia
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The cancer affects a type of immature blood-forming cell called a myeloid cell that normally creates, among others, white blood cells. It is characterized by the presence of too many abnormal immature cells inside the bone marrow. The disease has a relatively quick onset and progression. The abnormal cells grow quickly and replace the normal cells, resulting in a weakened immune system and increased bleeding. AML is one of the most common types of leukemia among adults.