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Chronic myelogenous leukemia is caused by an abnormal chromosome develops, the abnormal chromosome creates a new gene which amplifies the production rate of cells derived from hematopoeitic stem cells. First, an abnormal chromosome develops. In people with chronic myelogenous leukemia, the Philadelphia chromosome, named for the city where it was discovered, is present in the blood cells of 90 percent of people. Second, the abnormal chromosome creates a new gene, the Philadelphia chromosome creates a new gene called BCR-ABL. It contains instructions that tell the abnormal blood cell to produce too much of a protein called tyrosine kinase that promotes cancer by allowing certain blood cells to grow out of control.


Chronic myelogenous leukemia is caused by:[1]

  • Other causes include, sometimes people inherit DNA mutations from a parent that greatly increase their risk of getting certain types of cancer. But mutations passed on by parents do not cause CML.[6][7]
  • DNA changes related to CML occur during the person's lifetime, rather than having been inherited before birth.[8]


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