Can multiple myeloma be prevented?
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.
For multiple myeloma, few cases are linked to risk factors that you can avoid in order 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: 02/01/2013
Last Revised: 02/13/2013