As Werner syndrome progresses, individuals may develop health problems associated with aging later in life.

These include cataracts, skin lesions, hardening of the arteries, diabetes, osteoporosis and fertility problems. People with Werner’s syndrome have an increased risk of developing cancer – especially thyroid cancer, skin cancer and sarcoma (a type of bone or soft tissue cancer).

Individuals with 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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