Also known as a form of blood cancer, Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are an often unrecognised, under-diagnosed rare group of bone marrow failure disorders, where the body no longer makes enough healthy, normal blood cells in the bone marrow.
There are many different types of MDS, with some types staying mild for years and others becoming more serious. Although MDS can affect people of any age, it is most common in adults over the age of 60.
MDS World Awareness Day
Every year on October 25th, the MDS Alliance and member groups across the world come together to raise awareness of MDS. This year, the Alliance is sharing information on the signs and symptoms of MDS and highlighting the importance of getting a blood test with a full blood count analysis to confirm a diagnosis.
The four main symptoms that will be highlighted in this campaign are bruising, fatigue, breathlessness, and weakness.
Find out more about getting involved in Blood Cancer Awareness Month and MDS World Awareness Day here.
About The MDS Alliance
The MDS Alliance represents more than 40 patient advocacy groups worldwide, supporting the education, resources, and knowledge of MDS globally and highlighting the issues impacting the lives of those living with MDS.
MDS is difficult to diagnose, and so by raising awareness of MDS and encouraging those experiencing symptoms to get a blood test, the Alliance aims to improve diagnosis.