What is the prevalence of hypercalcemia by tumor type in the US?

Updated: Oct 03, 2018
  • Author: Mahendra Agraharkar, MD, MBBS, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Hypercalcemia is relatively common and often is mild but of long duration. The incidence of hyperparathyroidism alone is approximately 1-2 cases per 1000 adults. Mild cases are often not diagnosed. A review of cancer-related hypercalcemia found that rates varied by tumor type, being highest in multiple myeloma (7.5–10.2%) and lowest in prostate cancer (1.4-2.1%). [9]


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