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MDS (Myelodisplastic Syndrome)

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Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is the name of a group of conditions that occur when the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow are damaged. This damage leads to low numbers of one or more type of blood cells.

The overall incidence rate of MDS is 4.3 cases per 100,000 persons.

  • MDS most commonly strikes males aged 80 years and older.
  • From 2003 to 2007, there were approximately 59,722 cases of MDS throughout the United States, averaging an estimated 11,945 cases per year.
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