March is Myeloma Awareness Month.
Myeloma begins when a plasma cell becomes abnormal. The abnormal cell divides to make copies of itself. The new cells divide again and again, making more and more abnormal cells. These abnormal plasma cells are called myeloma cells.
In time, myeloma cells collect in the bone marrow. They may damage the solid part of the bone. When myeloma cells collect in several of your bones, the disease is called “multiple myeloma.” This disease may also harm other tissues and organs, such as the kidneys.
In the U.S., 4 out of 10 cancer cases are associated with preventable risk factors.
Cancer touches many of us. In the United States, it is estimated that cancer will affect one in every three people. Thanks to the internet, there’s a lot of information out there—but there’s a lot of misinformation floating around too!
Bile duct cancer, also known as cholangiocarcinoma, forms in the thin tubes that carry bile from your liver to your gallbladder and small intestine.