Sun Valley, ID & Fort Worth, TX– OMNI Health Media (OMNI) announces the launch of multiple myeloma educational programs for national multiple myeloma awareness month. As the month of March brings multiple myeloma into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated multiple myeloma information throughout the year.
According to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS), the chance of acquiring multiple myeloma in the United States is 1 in 143. The ACS estimates that in 2015 there will be approximately 26,850 new cases in the United States and almost 11,240 deaths related to multiple myeloma.
Although some risk factors for acquiring multiple myeloma can be controlled, such as smoking, there are other factors that can’t be changed including age, race, gender and family history.
Because multiple myeloma can be masked by a host of other symptoms, the disease is usually in its advanced stages by the time it is properly detected. However, there are studies underway with alternative protocols for fighting the disease, and a number of lab tests for detecting the presence of multiple myeloma. Staying informed with the latest news on prevention and screening is an important step in reducing your risk of developing multiple myeloma and of detecting disease in its early, most treatable stages. And, should a diagnosis occur, access to current, in-depth treatment information can help you get the best care.
LEARNING MORE ABOUTMULTIPLE MYELOMA
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- Get the facts about multiple myeloma here.
- Join ongoing discussions with other individuals affected by multiple myeloma in the CancerConnect private online multiple myeloma support group here.
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 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2015. Available at http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/webcontent/acspc-042151.pdf. Accessed February, 2015.
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