Myelodysplastic Syndromes - MDS: Statistics

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with MDS each year. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Approximately 13,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with MDS each year.

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

It is important to remember that statistics on MDS are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on thousands of people with MDS in the United States each year. So, your own risk may be different. Doctors cannot say for sure how long anyone will live with MDS. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Source: American Cancer Society.

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