Radiation as well as certain types of chemotherapy drugs (melphalan, mechlorethamine, and other drugs called alkylating agents) can also increase your risk of this disease. Chronic, daily oral administration of these agents is more likely to cause leukemia than higher doses given sporadically or intermittently. If you need to receive these treatments for another cancer, discuss the risks with your doctor and set up regular monitoring for the development of leukemia.
If You Smoke, Stop
Smokers over age 60 are twice as likely as nonsmokers to develop acute myeloid leukemia.
For information on how to stop smoking,
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provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a