Multiple myeloma is a rare blood cancer that affects bone marrow. Most people diagnosed with multiple myeloma are age 65 or older.
Statistics from International Myeloma Foundation
For newly diagnosed patients, as well as those living with the disease for years, Myeloma is life changing.
The symptoms are real and ongoing: bone pain, extreme fatigue, nausea, numbness in the hands and/or feet, kidney problems and infections. Infections can be life threatening.
Myeloma has been identified as having one of the highest rates of delay in diagnosis.
Awareness is key for a rare disease like Myeloma. Awareness of Multiple Myeloma matters.
Spreading awareness can help improve this. Earlier detection can prevent some of the most debilitating effects this cancer causes.
The Myeloma Awareness Month was first observed in the United States of America as part of National Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Awareness Month in September 2005. In 2009, the International Myeloma Foundation first recognized March as Myeloma Awareness Month, later renaming its campaign Myeloma Action Month.
Awareness needs to be spread throughout the entire year, not just in March.
By raising awareness, we also begin to build a bridge to raise critical funding for research.