Reducing Your Risk of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
The exact cause of MDS is not known, so prevention is difficult to determine. Reducing risk factors may decrease the chance of developing MDS.
Chemo- and radiation therapy used to treat certain types of cancer are associated with MDS. Though cancer treatment is unavoidable, you and your doctor will monitor your progress and assess your risk for secondary MDS development.
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Last reviewed June 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 6/22/2016
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