Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Factors that may increase your risk of myelodysplastic syndromes include:
Nov. 11, 2014
- Older age. Most people with myelodysplastic syndromes are adults older than 60.
- Treatment with chemotherapy or radiation. Your risk of myelodysplastic syndromes is increased if you received chemotherapy or radiation therapy, both of which are commonly used to treat cancer.
- Exposure to certain chemicals. Chemicals linked to myelodysplastic syndromes include tobacco smoke, pesticides and industrial chemicals, such as benzene.
- Exposure to heavy metals. Heavy metals linked to myelodysplastic syndromes include lead and mercury.
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