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Screening for myeloma

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Screening means testing people for early stages of a disease before they have any symptoms.

Before screening for any type of cancer can be carried out, doctors must have an accurate test to use. The test must be reliable in picking up cancers that are there. And it must not give a positive result in people who do not have cancer. The test also needs to be cost effective.

There is no UK screening programme for myeloma. Because it is an uncommon condition, too many people would have to have unnecessary tests. Screening everyone would also be very expensive for each cancer found.

But, we know that a small number of people with a condition called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) will go on to develop myeloma. If you are diagnosed with this condition, you will have regular check ups.

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Updated: 30 November 2015