Risk reduction is taking action to lower one’s risk of developing cancer. The following risk reduction strategies may reduce the chance of developing multiple myeloma.
Maintain a healthy body weight, eat well and be physically active
Research shows that being overweight or obese increases your risk for developing multiple myeloma. Being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight may help reduce the risk of multiple myeloma.
Eating a healthy diet that includes cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts), fish and foods high in vitamin C may help to reduce the risk of developing multiple myeloma.
Follow Canada's Food Guide.
Protect yourself from harmful materials at work
Research has shown that people who work on a farm have a higher risk of developing multiple myeloma.
- If possible, use the smallest amount of pesticides possible or use safer alternatives.
- Wear protective clothing and equipment to minimize exposure to potentially harmful materials.
See a list of questions to ask your doctor about risks.