Myelodysplastic syndrome’s causes continue to be the subject of extensive research, and at the OSUCCC – James, expert medical researchers continually focus on ways to diagnose, treat and cure blood diseases.
In fact, the OSUCCC – James is consistently paving the way in leading-edge therapies and discoveries, leading to even more highly targeted care and treatment.
Myelodysplastic Syndrome Risk Factors
Anything that increases the chance of developing myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a risk factor.
MDS risk factors include:
- Past chemotherapy or radiation therapy treatments
- Exposure to certain chemicals, including tobacco smoke, pesticides, fertilizers and solvents such as benzene
- Exposure to heavy metals such as mercury or lead
- Being older than 60 years of age
- Inherited Syndrome, including Fanconi anemia, Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, Diamond Blackfan anemia, familial platelet disorder and severe congenital neutropenia
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Not everyone with risk factors will develop MDS. If you have risk factors, however, it’s important to talk with your doctor.
If you’re not sure you have an inherited family syndrome that may cause MDS, you may want to consider genetic counseling.
If you’ve been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a blood disorder specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.