Part of: GS Prelims Science & Tech and GS Mains II–Health
In news :
- Myeloma risk may be higher among Indians than whites
From Prelims point of view
- Myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs.
- Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.