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A 31-year-old member asked:

is it true that because i have thrombocytopenia does that mean i have a higher risk of developing cancer?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
No: There are a large number of causes of thrombocytopenia. Most of them are related to other diseases than cancer.
Dr. Scott Diede
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Unlikely...: Thrombocytopenia can be caused by a variety of conditions. The most common is that platelets are being destroyed (immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp)). Low platelets can be caused because the body can't produce them (bone marrow suppression due to viral infection, leukemia, mds, myelofibrosis, aplastic anemia). Talk with your doc or see a hematologist to really know your risk.

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Is Immune Thrombocytopenia (1) a hematological malignancy itself and (2) has it been reasonably established that this condition is sometimes caused by a hematological malignancy? Any answer to either of these questions would be much appreciated.

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