There’s a lot of healthcare awareness going on in March, everything from multiple sclerosis and brain disease to diabetes. March is also known as Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, and from now until April, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is getting the word out with their “Tell One Person” campaign. And that’s really all you have to do, just tell one person about the facts of multiple myeloma.
So what are the facts?
- Multiple myeloma, often referred to as myeloma, is the second most common blood cancer worldwide.
- There are over 100,000 people currently living in the U.S. with multiple myeloma, and around 20,000 new patients will be diagnosed every year1
- “Multiple” is used because it is a cancer of the plasma cells and can occur at multiple sites in the body
- Although several treatment options are available, there is unfortunately no cure
This month, there are plenty of ways to focus on multiple myeloma, especially how it affects patients on a day-to-day basis. You can post the IMF’s flyer in your office or a public place, change your Facebook profile picture to this awareness ribbon and ask your town or organization to officially declare March Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.
If you’ve been diagnosed, you can connect with the more than 400 members of PatientsLikeMe who are living with myeloma. Check out the most recent forum thread, introduce yourself to the community, and learn more about each other’s personal health experiences.