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Who is at Risk?
By: Francie Diep; Published: October 15, 2008 @ 8:00 am | Comments Disabled
The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2009, 20,580 people in the United States will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The lifetime risk for developing multiple myeloma is 1 in 161, or 0.62 percent.
Although scientists and doctors do not know the exact causes of multiple myeloma, doctors do know some risk factors that make people more likely to develop multiple myeloma. However, many people who have more than one of these identified risk factors do not get the disease, and many people who get the disease do not display all these risk factors.
Instead, according to the University of Virginia Health System, it is advised for people to know the risk factors for any disease to help them guide their choices about getting monitored and tested.
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 racial disparities: http://www.myelomabeacon.com/news/2009/01/14/mmrf-meeting-discusses-racial-disparities-in-multiple-myeloma/
 MGUS: http://www.myelomabeacon.com/news/2009/03/04/blood-disorder-mgus-precedes-most-cases-of-multiple-myeloma/
 chemical exposure: http://www.myelomabeacon.com/search/chemical+exposure
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