Multiple Myeloma

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Multiple Myeloma

Updated June 2007- Multiple myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cell. Myeloma, or plasma cell myeloma, is a cancer that attacks plasma cells, a vital element of the body’s immune response. Multiple myeloma is characterized by large numbers of abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow and overproduction of intact monoclonal immunoglobulin. Multiple myeloma is the second most prevalent cancer after non-Hodgkins lymphoma, representing 1% of all cancers and 2% of all deaths. The average age of diagnosis ranges at about 68, and 99% of cases are people over the age of 40. In 2007, a number of multiple myeloma cases in World Trade Center first responders caused alarm among scientists because these first responders were so young, and because multiple myeloma presents typically in older patients.

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