Risk factors can increase the chance of getting cancer. There are different kinds of risk factors. Some risk factors for cancer, like age and family history, cannot be prevented.
Currently, the only known risk factors for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) are:
- Exposure to very high doses of radiation, or radiation therapy as treatment for other cancers
- Age: Most people who are diagnosed with CML are 65 or older
However, just because you received radiation therapy doesn't mean you will get CML.
If you are concerned about your risk for developing CML, speak with your physician.