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Myelodysplastic Syndromes 5 Times More Common Than Previously Thought!

FYI - According to a recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology  re: myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS):

April 30, 2010 — Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) appear to be nearly 5 times more common in older adults than previously thought, according to a new study published online April 26 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 3-year survival rates for MDS patients were better, and there were lower transformation rates to acute leukemia than what has previously been reported.

The researchers point out that until 2001, tumor registries were not required to report MDS as a cancer to the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program.

The SEER database reported that there were approximately 10,300 incident cases diagnosed in the United States in 2003, and an expanded review from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) estimated that there were about 9,700 new patients in 2004.
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