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World MDS Awareness Day

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • MDS

Tomorrow (Saturday 25th October) is World MDS Awareness Day, where patients and patient groups come together to raise awareness of MDS and help to improve the standard of treatment for these patients.

The myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of rare blood disorders where the production of blood cells by the bone marrow is disrupted. In leukaemia, only the white blood cells are produced in excessively large numbers, whereas in MDS the production of any, and sometimes of all, types of blood cells is affected.

For World MDS Awareness Day, we are working with MDS UK to launch a report; ‘Addressing the management of MDS in elderly patients’, calling for better care for older MDS patients whose care needs are still unmet. This is available for download, here.

MDS can affect people of any age, but is more common in people between the ages of 65 to 70. Only 1 in 5 people (20%) with MDS are younger than 50. To find out more about MDS, visit our patient information pages where you can find out more about these blood disorders.

If you would like to find out more and support MDS World Awareness Day, you can visit the MDS UK website, like the MDS UK Facebook page or follow the hashtag #MDSBloodCancer on Twitter.