Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma is a cancer that affects plasma cells, which is a type of white blood cell. Multiple myeloma is the 21st most common cancer worldwide, and according to Globocan 2020 estimates, there were over 176,000 new cases. 99,000 men were diagnosed, and 78,000 women were diagnosed. Multiple myeloma incidence rates vary globally, and Martinique, which is a French Island located in the Southern Caribbean Sea, had the highest incidence of multiple myeloma, with the United States ranking #7.1

A few risk factors for multiple myeloma include:2

Multiple Myeloma
  • Age: Most people diagnosed with multiple myeloma are over 65 years old.
  • Gender: Multiple myeloma is slightly more common in men than women.
  • Race: Multiple myeloma is more than twice as common in Blacks than in Caucasians.
  • Family History
  • Obesity
  • Other Plasma Cell Diseases

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