Young are best placed to undergo leukaemia treatment

The brighter outlook for young leukaemia sufferers is because they tend to have types of the disease which are easier to treat with chemotherapy.

Younger people can also generally be given more intense treatment, and the short-term side effects can now be managed effectively.

Around 2,500 people are diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in the UK each year.

The risk of developing it increases with age and it is most common in people over 65 years old.

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Leukaemia cure rate on the rise

Researchers have said almost half of teenagers and young adults with a typically aggressive form of leukaemia are cured thanks to improvements in treatment and care. The cure rate of 48% is six times that of 1975, when it was just 8%.