MDS is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the US and it is currently estimated that more than 8 million people will develop the disease in their lifetimes.
MDS was diagnosed in just over one in 10 people in 2010.
But the disease can be so debilitating that many people choose not to undergo a treatment and may end up dying from it.
“It’s like they don’t want to be there and they’re not going to see it,” said Dr. Scott Osterholm, a cancer specialist at the University of Florida.
Dr. Osterholt said MDS cases are higher in women and that the disease is most prevalent in young women.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of people with MDS has tripled over the past 15 years, with more than 5.6 million cases diagnosed in 2012.
In 2012, the disease accounted for nearly half of all cancer deaths in the United States, the CDC says.
Researchers have also found that MDS can cause other cancers as well.
They believe MDS may be related to other genetic diseases, including Kaposi’s sarcoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to the CDC.
However, Osterhammer said that the main reason for the high MDS rates in men is that they are more likely to live longer than women.
Women, like all Americans, are at higher risk for having MDS, Ostersholm said.
“It affects a lot of people and it affects a whole lot of them and it’s an enormous burden that we’re dealing with,” he said.
For the CDC, it’s important to keep the public informed of the disease.
“We’re always going to have a need for education and awareness,” Osterheim said.
“We want to make sure that we provide the right support and the right information to make that happen.”