Myelodysplastic Syndromes - MDS: Statistics

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who diagnosed with MDS each year. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

Approximately 13,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with MDS each year. Most people who are diagnosed with the disease are 65 and older.

Death from MDS is often caused by bleeding and/or infection from low blood cell counts or after the disease becomes acute myeloid leukemia (AML). About a third of patients with MDS develop AML.

It is important to remember that statistics on MDS are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with MDS in the United States. People should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: American Cancer Society and the MDS Foundation.

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