Find out why there is no screening programme for myeloma.
There is no UK screening programme for myeloma because:
- this type of cancer is uncommon, so many people would have unnecessary tests
- the benefits don't outweigh the costs
See your GP if you have any symptoms or are worried about your cancer risk.
What screening is
Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:
- must be reliable at picking up the illness
- must be simple and quick
- overall must do more good than harm to people taking part
What to do if you think you're at risk
Talk to your GP if you think you are at higher than average risk of myeloma.
You will have regular check ups if you have a medical condition called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). Some people with this condition develop myeloma.