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Can Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia Be Prevented?

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Most of the risk factors for Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM), such as older age or monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), can’t be changed or controlled, so there is no way to prevent cancers that might be related to these risk factors.

Some research suggests that people with hepatitis C might be more likely to develop WM. There is currently no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, but there are ways to lower your risk of getting it, such as avoiding known risk factors like injection drug use or unprotected sex with many partners. Hepatitis C can also be treated effectively in many cases, although it’s not known how this might affect a person’s risk of WM.

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Last Revised: July 19, 2018

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