Myeloproliferative Disease Prevention and Screening
Myeloproliferative Disease Screening
Screening exams are important medical tests done when you’re healthy and don’t have symptoms. They help find disease at its earliest stage, when the chances for curing it are best.
Unfortunately, no standardized screening tests have been shown to identify MPD. The best thing to do is report any symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible.
Myeloproliferative Disease Risk Factors
Anything that increases your chance of getting myeloproliferative disease is a risk factor. These include exposure to:
- Intense radiation, such as a nuclear bomb
- Petrochemicals, such as benzene or toluene
- Electrical wiring
Many people with myeloproliferative disease have a mutation in the JAK2 gene. This gene mutation is acquired, which means you are not born with it.
Not everyone with risk factors gets myeloproliferative disease. However, if you have risk factors, it’s a good idea to discuss them with your doctor. Call 1-877-MDA-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.
Myeloproliferative Disease Prevention
Since we do not yet know what causes myeloproliferative disease, we do not know what can be done to prevent it. However, research shows that many cancers can be prevented. Visit the Prevention section of our website to find out steps you can take to avoid cancer.
Why Choose MD Anderson?
- One of world’s largest myeloproliferative disease (MPD) programs
- Renowned MPD research program with multiple clinical trials of innovative treatments
- Worldwide leader in efforts to develop new agents for myeloproliferative disease
- Team approach to myeloproliferative disease treatment
- Accurate, precise diagnosis by specialized pathologists
- Long-term care for chronic diseases