Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), also referred to as Acute Myeloid Leukemia, is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow — the spongy tissue inside bones where blood cells are made.
The word "acute" in acute myelogenous leukemia denotes the disease's rapid progression. It's called myelogenous (my-uh-LOHJ-uh-nus) leukemia because it affects a group of white blood cells called the myeloid cells, which normally develop into the various types of mature blood cells, such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
There are numerous types of leukemia and AML is the type that is mostly strongly linked to benzene exposure. All scientific and medical experts agree that benzene exposure is a cause of AML.