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Myelodysplastic syndromes more common than thought

from Medscape Medical News

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) appear to be nearly fives times more common in older adults than previously thought, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. MDS patients face a much higher risk for cardiac-related events, diabetes, hepatic diseases, and infections than the general population in the same age group. However, the study found that three-year survival rates for MDS patients were better, and there were lower transformation rates to acute leukemia than what has previously been reported. more

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