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Multiple Myeloma Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention

Learn about the risk factors for multiple myeloma and if there are things you can do that might help lower your risk.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Learn more about the risk factors for multiple myeloma.

Prevention

For some types of cancer, risk factors are known for the majority of cases. For example, smoking causes most lung cancers. This provides an opportunity for prevention. 

With multiple myeloma, few cases are linked to risk factors that can be avoided, so there is no known way to prevent most multiple myelomas from developing.