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Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of cancers of the blood and bone marrow, are expected to afflict about 11,000 individuals in the United States this year. The overall incidence rate is 4.3 per 100,000.
*Source: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Myelodysplastic Syndromes Prevention

WellStar supports scientific research that shows certain lifestyle choices can lower a person’s risk of some cancers. The single most important behavior to avoid is smoking, which is implicated in up to 30 different kinds of cancer. Cigarette smoke contains benzene, which has been implicated in some cases of MDS. WellStar supports smoking cessation programs and will endeavor to help patients who want to stop smoking through a variety of cessation efforts. Different approaches work for different people, and WellStar experts can help tailor a cessation program that will enhance your efforts of successfully quitting.

Still, in the vast majority of cases of myelodysplastic syndromes, most patients had no known risk factors.