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Multiple Myeloma Causes

Having a Personal History of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance (MGUS)
MGUS is a condition in which abnormal plasma cells make a low level of M proteins. Although MGUS is a benign condition, it does increase the risk of certain cancers, including multiple myeloma.
(Click Monoclonal Gammopathy for more information about this condition.)

Other Possible Risk Factors

Multiple myeloma research scientists are studying other possible risk factors, which include:
  • Radiation
  • Pesticides
  • Hair dye
  • Certain viruses
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Family medical history.
However, these factors have not been proven to be involved in the development of the disease.

Final Thoughts

Although scientists do not know the specific multiple myeloma cause, they continue to search for it. People with known risk factors, and those who are concerned about multiple myeloma, should talk to their doctor. The doctor's advice will be based on the person's age, medical history, and other factors.
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