Growing old too fast: Symptoms of rare Werner syndrome marked by rapid aging


As Werner syndrome progresses, individuals may develop health complications associated with aging early in life.

This includes cataracts, skin ulcers, severe hardening of the arteries, diabetes, osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), and fertility problems. People with Werner syndrome have an increased risk of cancer – especially thyroid cancer, skin cancer, and sarcoma (a type of bone or soft tissue cancer).

Individuals having Werner syndrome usually live into their late forties or early fifties. The most common causes of death include cancer and atherosclerosis.

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