Multiple myeloma represents less than 2 percent of all cancers in the United States, and while its cause is currently unknown, OSUCC – James scientists are studying how to prevent this cancer.
Our expert researchers continually focus on ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure blood cancers. In fact, the OSUCCC – James is consistently paving the way in leading-edge therapies and discoveries, leading to even more highly targeted care and treatment.
Couple that with world-renowned diagnostic experts and the most advanced diagnostic techniques to enable physicians to detect multiple myeloma as early as possible, and patients are experiencing improved outcomes, faster responses to treatment and fewer side effects.
Multiple Myeloma Risk Factors
A risk factor is anything that increases your risk of developing multiple myeloma.
The highest risk factor for multiple myeloma is age. Both men and women who are 65 years old and older are at increased risk (although it’s diagnosed more often in men than in women).
Other risk factors include:
- Being African American
- Have a parent or sibling with multiple myeloma
- Having a weakened immune system
- Being exposed to certain chemicals
(Source: National Cancer Institute )
Not everyone with risk factors develops multiple myeloma, but if you have risk factors, you should discuss them with your doctor.
If you’ve been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a blood cancer specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.