Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that grows in the blood cells, more specifically in plasma cells, which are meant to become B cells and produce antibodies. But these abnormal plasma cells do not transform into B cells and keep on growing and taking up space in the bone marrow. Other blood cells in the bone marrow are affected, and patients suffer from a depletion of platelets, red blood cells, and other blood elements.
Multiple myeloma has different stages, including two asymptomatic stages in which the only sign is a protein in the blood and other alterations. Thus, before signs and symptoms show up, it is recommended to run screening tests if you’re at risk of this disease.