March 7, 2018

Myeloma Awareness Month

Myeloma InformationMultiple myeloma is a cancer that begins in the plasma cells-a type of white blood cell that produces antibodies.  It is the second most commonly diagnosed blood cancer after non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  According to GLOBOCAN, nearly 230,000 people living with, or in remission from myeloma, and almost 103,000 new cases are diagnosed each year around the world.

In the United States alone, more than 30,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

As the month of March brings multiple myeloma into focus, it’s time to increase the public understanding of the disease.  Bringing awareness to myeloma offers the opportunity to bring more— more research, more treatments, and, ultimately, more cures for patients around the world.

Raising Awareness

Knowledge is Power

Myeloma has one of the highest rates of delay in the diagnosis of cancer, and helping patients and healthcare providers better understand the signs and symptoms will lead to earlier detection of disease in its early, most treatable stages, which is key to improving the survival and quality of life for myeloma patients.

We encourage patients and supporters to spread the word by taking our information to their primary care clinics and support groups, so that patients get the information and support they need.

Community Engagement

Little Rock ArkansasEngaging within the community to elevate the awareness of myeloma offers the opportunity to effect policy changes, facilitate patients’ access to the latest diagnostic tools and the most promising treatments, and improve outcomes through earlier disease diagnosis.

In March 2014, then Arkansas Governor Mike Bee, issued a proclamation recognizing myeloma research and patient care at the Myeloma Institute and declared March as Myeloma Awareness Month.  Each year, we continue our efforts to raise awareness of myeloma at the local, state, and national level.

As a special tribute to myeloma patients, caregivers, and health care providers, three bridges in downtown Little Rock illuminated in burgundy lights in honor of Myeloma Awareness month 2017.

Get Social

Social media is a powerful resource that enables millions of people worldwide to connect and share their stories, discuss their challenges, and offer support.  It can also bring new insight into issues faced by patients and loved ones with regard to disease diagnosis and treatment options.  Connect with the Myeloma Institute on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.