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What increases my risk for myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases?

There are several myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disease subtypes and risk factors vary. Age, male gender, exposure to radiation, and past cancer treatment increase your risk for chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. A genetic condition called neurofibromatosis type I can increase your risk of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. If you are concerned about your likelihood of getting one of the myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases, your doctor can help to assess your risk.

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