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Screening

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 is screening?

Screening means testing people for early stages of a disease before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:

  • need to be reliable at picking up cancers
  • overall must do more good than harm to people taking part
  • must be something that people are willing to do

Screening tests are not perfect and have some risks. The screening programme should also be good value for money for the NHS.

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.

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