Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects fewer than 2% of the population. However, the fact that it can’t be cured and can only be treated has made it a matter of important research.
Health experts are determined to find out if this illness can be prevented so more persons won’t have to deal with the painful consequences.
What Causes Multiple Myeloma?
The defining cause of multiple myeloma is still being finalized but researchers have narrowed it down to abnormalities within our DNA. These genetic mutations make persons more likely to develop the illness.
However, it should be noted that a significant number of persons with the genetic predisposition for multiple myeloma do not develop the illness.
Are There Risk Factors?
As with determining the root cause of the illness, it has not been easy to completely narrow down all the risk factors of which persons should be aware.
Unlike other types of cancers which can be caused by lifestyle choices such as smoking or a poor diet, multiple myeloma has not been as easy.
So far health experts have identified six risk factors that those who have been diagnosed with the illness may have in common.
These are being African American, being male, being older than 65, being obese, having other plasma-based diseases, having parents or close family members with multiple myeloma, and being exposed to chemicals.