Screening for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
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Screening is a way to evaluate people without symptoms to determine if they are at risk for MDS or have already developed ]]>MDS]]> . Screening for any disease often involves:
- Assessing your medical history—This often includes a discussion of lifestyle habits that may increase your risk of having a condition like MDS.
- Having tests done to identify early signs of the condition
At this time, there are no official screening guidelines for MDS. A routine yearly checkup with your doctor will usually include blood testing. If you have MDS, it will show up in the results of the blood test. Your doctor will then do further testing.
There is no evidence that screening tests to look only for MDS will decrease the mortality or morbidity of a rare condition like MDS.
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Last reviewed February 2009 by ]]>Igor Puzanov, MD]]>
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