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The cause of multiple myeloma is not known. There are no well-established guidelines for reducing your risk of the disease.

Exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation is believed to increase the risk of multiple myeloma and other cancers. It is a good idea to avoid these substances.

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American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp .

Cancer Medicine e5 . 5th ed. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker Inc; 2000.

National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov .

Rakel R. Bope E, ed. Conn's Current Therapy 2002 . 54th ed. St. Louis, MO: WB Saunders Company; 2002: 439-443.



Last reviewed September 2014 by Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP

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