Multiple myeloma emerges when plasma cells, white blood cells that help fight infections, begin to develop abnormally. Those cells crowd out the healthy cells in your bone marrow and form tumors. Over time, they can cause a wide range of symptoms, from calcium build-up and kidney problems to anemia, bone lesions and fractures.
Being diagnosed with multiple myeloma can be challenging, but as you learn more about the disease you’ll find that there are effective treatment options to manage it, with new ones on the way in 2021. While there is no cure for multiple myeloma, scientific advances have led to better treatment options and longer life expectancies, giving myeloma patients and their loved ones a reason to remain hopeful.
Multiple myeloma is more common in men than in women, more common in people of African and African American descent than in people of European/Caucasian descent, and most prevalent in people age 65 years and older.
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