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Spread of multiple myeloma
Multiple myeloma is usually widespread by the time it is diagnosed. It affects multiple (more than 1) bones or multiple areas of a bone.
The most common bones where multiple myeloma occurs include:
- spine (vertebrae)
- breastbone (sternum)
- shoulder blade (scapula)
- upper arm bone (humerus)
- upper leg bone (femur)
Doctors measure substances in the blood or urine to see if the disease is progressing, or getting worse. This includes measuring levels of:
- monoclonal protein (M-protein)
Taking action against all cancers
The latest Canadian Cancer Statistics report found that of all newly diagnosed cancers in 2017, half are expected to be lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. Learn what you can do to reduce the burden of cancer.