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Who gets myelofibrosis (MF)?

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Most people are diagnosed with myelofibrosis (MF) around age 60. Both men and women can get it. About 18,000 people in the U.S. are living with MF.

Young adults or small children can get myelofibrosis, but it’s rare. Girls are affected twice as often as boys when it happens in childhood.

You may get MF by itself, or it could happen if you have another type of cancer that spreads to your marrow. Blood cancers like leukemia or myeloma could also bring it on.

Long-term exposure to radiation or toxic chemicals like benzene could make you more likely to get MF, but that doesn’t happen often.

From: What Is Myelofibrosis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

American Cancer Society: “Find Support & Treatment.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

American Cancer Society: “Find Support & Treatment.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 26, 2017

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