4 posts tagged “blood”

MARCHing together for myeloma awareness

Posted March 20th, 2015 by

There’s a lot of awareness going on in March. So far, we’ve learned more about sleep conditions (how pain can increase sleep debt), multiple sclerosis (the myths and facts) and brain injury (how it might be more common than you think). Today, we’re shining a spotlight on myeloma, a type of blood cancer that affects more than 750,000 people worldwide.1

You can add to your knowledge during Myeloma Awareness Month (MAM), and educate your friends and family about the condition. Awareness is contagious.

Here are the basics about myeloma:

  • Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer in the world
  • It begins in plasma cells (white blood cells that are part of the immune system) and eventually collects in bone marrow
  • When myeloma collects in more than one location in the body, it is called “multiple myeloma”
  • Common symptoms include bone pain, anemia and extreme fatigue

It’s estimated that over 24,000 new cases of myeloma were diagnosed in 2014.2 For these people and everyone living with myeloma, here’s how you can get involved in raising awareness:

As the IMF says, let’s MARCH together for myeloma awareness this month. If you’ve been diagnosed, read about PatientsLikeMe member AbeSapien’s journey with multiple myeloma in his interview. And don’t hesitate to reach out to the more than 1,600 PatientsLikeMe members living with multiple myeloma.

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1 http://mam.myeloma.org/educate/

2 http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/mulmy.html


Every three minutes

Posted September 29th, 2014 by

That’s how often a person is diagnosed with blood cancer in the United States, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). This means that 156,420 Americans will be diagnosed in 2014, and hundreds of thousands more worldwide.

But that’s just the start of what everyone can learn during National Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Check out the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s (LRF) video below:

Did you know there are actually three main types of blood cancer? Each affects a different kind of cell in your body and can vary greatly:1

Leukemia is found in your actual blood and bone marrow, and it causes abnormal white blood cells to form and disrupt the normal immune system.

Lymphoma affects your lymph nodes and lymphatic organs, which are the parts of the immune system that remove excess fluid from the body and produce special white blood cells.

Myeloma is the cancer that is limited to plasma cells, which are cells in your blood that help produce antibodies and fight disease.

There are many subtypes of these three categories, including conditions like chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma, to name a few common ones. This month, get involved by participating in a Lymphomaton (a fundraising and awareness walk), finding a LRF chapter or even posting awareness flyers and posters on Facebook and other social media outlets.

 

Don’t forget to check out Bob’s blog interview – he’s a PatientsLikeMe member who shared about his life after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma and how he’s learned to manage his condition.

 

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1 http://www.hematology.org/Patients/Cancers/