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Population screening for smoldering multiple myeloma reveals high prevalence

Smoldering multiple myeloma is an asymptomatic precursor condition to multiple myeloma, a cancer in the bone marrow. We conducted a population-based screening study — in which 51% of the population over 40 years of age in Iceland participated — and found that the prevalence of smoldering multiple myeloma was 0.5% in the study population.

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Fig. 1: The prevalence of SMM.


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This is a summary of: Thorsteinsdóttir, S. et al. Prevalence of smoldering multiple myeloma based on nationwide screening. Nat. Med. (2023).

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Population screening for smoldering multiple myeloma reveals high prevalence. Nat Med 29, 313–314 (2023).

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