Radiation exposure—Radiation builds up in the body over a lifetime. Certain tests, such as x-rays during doctor or dental visits, give low doses. Repeated doses can make the risk of multiple myeloma higher. Talk to your doctor or dentist if you are worried about this risk. Get these tests only when you need them.
Smoking—Quitting smoking will lower the risk of many types of cancers. The sooner smoking is stopped, the sooner the body can start to heal. Talk to your doctor about the best ways for you to quit.
Can multiple myeloma be found early? American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/detection-diagnosis-staging/detection.html. Updated February 28, 2018. Accessed May 2, 2019.
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