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Key Statistics for Myelodysplastic Syndromes

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The number of people diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in the United States each year is not known for sure. Some estimates have put this number at about 10,000, while other estimates have been much higher.

MDS is uncommon before age 50, and the risk increases as a person gets older. It is most commonly diagnosed in people in their 70s. The number of new cases diagnosed each year is likely increasing as the average age of the US population increases.

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Last Revised: January 22, 2018

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