Risk Factors for Multiple Myeloma
List of Risk Factors for Multiple Myeloma
The list of risk factors mentioned for Multiple Myeloma in various sources includes:
Risk factors discussion:
Some research suggests that certain risk
factors increase a person's chance of getting multiple
myeloma. For example, a person's family background appears to
affect the risk of developing multiple myeloma; children and
brothers and sisters of patients who have this disease have a
slightly increased risk. Farmers and petroleum workers exposed
to certain chemicals also seem to have a higher-than-average
chance of getting multiple myeloma. In addition, people
exposed to large amounts of radiation (such as survivors of
the atomic bomb explosions in Japan) have an increased risk
for this disease. Scientists have some concern that smaller
amounts of radiation (such as those radiologists and workers
in nuclear plants are exposed to) also may increase the risk.
At this time, however, scientists do not have clear evidence
that large numbers of medical x-rays increase the risk for
multiple myeloma. In fact, most people receive a fairly small
number of x-rays, and scientists believe that the benefits of
medical x-rays far outweigh the possible risk for multiple
In most cases, people who develop multiple myeloma have no
clear risk factors. The disease may be the result of several
factors (known and/or unknown) acting together. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Multiple Myeloma: NCI)
Risks factors for Multiple Myeloma: medical news summaries:
The following medical news items
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About risk factors:
Risk factors for Multiple Myeloma are factors that do not seem
to be a direct cause of the disease,
but seem to be associated in some way.
Having a risk factor for Multiple Myeloma
makes the chances
of getting a condition higher but does
not always lead to Multiple Myeloma.
Also, the absence of any risk factors
or having a protective factor does not necessarily
guard you against getting Multiple Myeloma.
For general information and a list of risk factors,
see the risk center.