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A risk factor is something that increases your chances of getting a disease or condition. It is possible to develop multiple myeloma with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing multiple myeloma. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Factors that may increase your risk of multiple myeloma include:
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Last reviewed March 2016 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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