Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Leukemia risk factors

Although the risk factors for, and causes of, leukemia are largely unknown, scientists have identified some possible risk factors to be aware of.

cancer risks

Chronic myeloid leukemia risk factors


  • Gender: Men are more likely to develop CML than women.
  • Age: The risk for developing CML typically increases with age (over 50).


  • Genetic conditions: Doctors are still trying to understand the cause of the chromosome abnormality referred to as the Philadelphia chromosome which develops after birth. This condition may increase one’s risk of developing CML.


  • Radiation exposure: Exposure to radiation may increase the risk of CML.

Understanding risk factors

Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer. Not having risk factors doesn’t mean that you will not get cancer. If you think you may be at risk, you should discuss it with your doctor.

Advanced genomic testing

genomic tumor assessment

We use advanced genomic testing to examine a patient's tumor on a cellular level. This innovative tool can help us find what's driving the cancer's growth and offer patients more precise treatment.