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Can Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia Be Found Early?

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Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) is not common, and at this time there are no widely recommended screening tests to look for this disease in people without symptoms.

Still, many cases of WM are found early, either when people go to the doctor because of symptoms they are having, or when they have blood tests done for other reasons. The best way to find this cancer early is to see your doctor if you have signs or symptoms that might be caused by this disease.

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Last Revised: July 19, 2018

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Last Revised: July 19, 2018

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