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What are the risk factors for multiple myeloma?

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Your chances of getting this type of bone cancer goes up as you age. It’s highest if you’re over age 65. Men get it more than women. It’s also more common among African-Americans than Caucasians. Other risk factors include:

  • A family history of myeloma
  • Working in the oil industry
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • A history of other plasma cell diseases

From: What Are Blood and Bone Marrow Cancers? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What Is Bone Cancer?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Multiple Myeloma.”

American Cancer Society: “What Are the Risk Factors for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are Bone Marrow Tests?”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Stem Cell Transplants.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on February 4, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What Is Bone Cancer?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Multiple Myeloma.”

American Cancer Society: “What Are the Risk Factors for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are Bone Marrow Tests?”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Multiple Myeloma Treatment.”

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: “Stem Cell Transplants.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on February 4, 2018

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