Blood Cancer Awareness Post 25: Did you know?

This will be brief, unfortunately so will the next several posts as I will be traveling…

These factors may increase your risk for developing a myeloproliferative disorder:

Polycythemia vera

  • Gender — Men are 2 times more likely than women to develop the condition.
  • Age — People older than 60 are most likely to develop the condition, though it may happen at any age.
  • Environment — Exposure to intense radiation may increase the risk for the condition.

Essential thrombocytosis

  • Gender — Women are 1.5 times more likely than men to develop the condition.
  • Age — People older than 60 are most likely to develop the condition, though 20% of those with this condition are under 40.
  • Environment — Some researchers suggest that exposure to chemicals or to electrical wiring may increase a person’s risk for the condition.

Primary myelofibrosis

  • Gender — Men are slightly more likely than women to develop the condition.
  • Age — People ages 60 – 70 are most likely to develop the condition.
  • Environment — Exposure to petrochemicals, such as benzene and toluene, and intense radiation may increase the risk of developing the condition.

Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)

  • Gender — Men are more likely than women to develop the condition.
  • Age — People ages 45 – 50 are the most likely to develop the condition.
  • Environment — Exposure to intense radiation may increase the risk of developing the condition.

Source: Myeloproliferative disorders | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/myeloproliferative-disorders#ixzz2fxGrPbxg
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Until tomorrow,

Lina

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