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.
Myelodysplastic syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114054/Myelodysplastic-syndrome-MDS. Updated May 16, 2016. Accessed June 21, 2016.
Myelodysplastic syndromes. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003122-pdf.pdf. Accessed June 22, 2016.
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