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For some types of cancer, risk factors that account for many of cases are known. For instance, smoking causes most lung cancers. This means there is a chance to prevent some cases. For other cancers, such as cervical cancer, pre-cancerous changes can be found early by the Pap test and treated before they change into cancer.

Few cases of multiple myeloma are linked to risk factors that you can avoid to prevent the disease. And there is no known way to prevent the disease in those who have other plasma cell diseases.

Last Medical Review: 05/22/2014
Last Revised: 01/19/2016