This week it’s Myeloma Awareness Week!
Myeloma has one of the highest rates of delays in diagnosis, we need your help to raise awareness for the signs and symptoms of myeloma.
The charity Myeloma UK wants to encourage patients to talk about their experience of myeloma so that by the end of the week family, friends, carers and healthcare professionals will have a better understanding of what it’s like to live with myeloma.
Did you know?
Myeloma is also known as multiple myeloma – It’s a cancer arising from plasma cells which is a type of white blood cell which is made in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the ‘spongy’ material found in the centre of the larger bones in the body. The bone marrow is where all blood cells are made.
Unlike most other cancers, myeloma does not exist as a lump or tumour, the symptoms and complications are related to myeloma caused by the build-up of the abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow and the presence of the paraprotein in the blood and/or in the urine.
What can you do?
- SHARE the Myeloma Diagnosis Pathway with your GP and others and help GPs better understand the signs and symptoms of myeloma.
- SPREAD THE WORD by taking information to your clinic and by helping newly diagnosed patients to get the information and support they need.
- Finally you can DONATE & FUNDRAISE online via Give as you Live to help provide vital support services to newly diagnosed patients.