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Is neurofibromatosis fatal?

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Most people with neurofibromatosis have normal life expectancies; however, the condition increases a person's risk of developing certain cancers, which can shorten life expectancy by up to 15 years, according to the National Health Service. As of 2015, there is no known cure for neurofibromatosis.

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There are two types of neurofibromatosis. Type 1 neurofibromatosis can be managed successfully to allow most sufferers to enjoy a relatively normal quality of life, says the NHS. Type 2 neurofibromatosis is more complex, and can lead to hearing loss and other complications. Neurofibromatosis is diagnosed in childhood, and sufferers must be monitored throughout their life to check for new tumours and surgically remove the tumors it necessary.

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