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Although it’s considered a rare cancer, African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a cancer which forms as the result of an overgrowth of malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow.

While no one knows for sure what causes multiple myeloma, you’re more likely to get it if:

  • You are older than 65
  • You are African-American
  • You have a family member with it

If you or a loved one is living with multiple myeloma, common side effects and symptoms include bone pain, weakness, fatigue, weight loss, and even kidney damage. According to “Living Well With Myeloma Your Essential Guide,” there are several ways one can cope with the side effects and symptoms associated with the uncommon cancer.

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