Leukaemia is cancer of the white blood cells. White blood cells help your body to fight infection. Blood cells form in the bone marrow. In leukaemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells, which outnumber healthy blood cells, thus compromising the function of blood. In acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), there are too many of a specific type of white blood cell called a myeloblast.
AML is the most common type of acute leukaemia in adults. This type of cancer usually gets advances quickly if it is not treated.