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National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) in conjuntion with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is providing the following resources to its members in order to highlight the severe impact of the disease upon the African American community. We hope to engage, educate, and reach more African Americans in order to improve early detection and manage outcomes. For much more information, please visit www.themmrf.org

What is Multiple Myeloma?

Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects plasma cells. In multiple myeloma, malignant plasma cells accumulate in bone marrow — the soft, spongy tissue at the center of your bones — crowding out the normal plasma cells that help fight infection.

These malignant plasma cells then produce an abnormal antibody called M protein, which offers no benefit to the body and may cause tumors, kidney damage, bone destruction and impaired immune function. The hallmark characteristic of multiple myeloma is a high level of M protein in the blood.

Early signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma can include weakness and fatigue caused by anemia and kidney problems, increased risk of infection, bone pain and fractures.
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