What is Myeloma?
Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a type of bone marrow cancer, which affects the plasma cells inside the bone marrow.
The myeloma cells divide and expand within the bone marrow, affecting the spine, the skull, the pelvis, the ribcage, and the shoulders and hips.
How common is Myeloma?
It is estimated the 60-70 people per million are diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The disease usually affects people over 60, and is twice as likely to affect black people as white.
What are the symptoms of Myeloma?
Multiple myeloma may not cause any symptoms in its early stages and may only be discovered after a routine blood test. Eventually it will cause bone pain, bone fractures, fatigue, anaemia, infection and kidney damage.
How is Myeloma treated?
Treatment aims to bring the myeloma under control using anti-myeloma treatments, and treating the symptoms associated with myeloma.
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