What are MPNs?
Here is an excellent overview on MPNs (courtesy of Khan Academy).
Therefore, myeloproliferative neoplasms are a spectrum of blood cancers, ranging from mild to more aggressive conditions. The three main types of MPNs are:
- Essential Thrombocythaemia (ET)
- Polycythaemia Vera (PV)
- Myelofibrosis (MF)
MPNs are an uncommon disease and they can affect people of any age, including children. MPNs come from the bone marrow: the soft tissue in the middle of your bones where blood cells are produced. The three MPNs are distinct diseases but they have one feature in common – they affect the levels of blood cells produced in our bodies.
MPNs are classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as blood cancers because blood cells are produced in an uncontrolled way.