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Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Risk and Prevention

A risk factor is a characteristic that can make someone more likely to develop a disease such as cancer. Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get cancer.

Doctors do not yet fully understand what causes myeloproliferative neoplasms, and cannot yet identify risk factors.

However, some people who develop myelofibrosis have previously had polycythemia vera or essential thrombosis.