Facts & StatisticsAll things multiple myeloma.
What is multiple myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a hematological (blood) cancer that develops in the plasma cells found in the soft, spongy tissue at the center of your bones, called bone marrow. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell responsible for producing antibodies (immunoglobulins) which are critical for maintaining the body’s immune system. Through a complex, multi-step process, healthy plasma cells transform in malignant myeloma cells. (http://www.themmrf.org)
How is multiple myeloma diagnosed?
What are the stages of multiple myeloma?
- Smoldering: Multiple myeloma with no symptoms
- Stage I: Early disease with little anemia, relatively small amount of M protein and no bone damage
- Stage II: More anemia and M protein as well as bone damage
- Stage III: Still more M protein, anemia, as well as signs of kidney damage
What are the common symptoms?
Bone problems, low blood counts, high blood levels of calcium, nervous system symptoms, nerve damage, hyperviscosity, kidney problem, and infections. To read more, click: American Cancer Society.
Is there a cure for multiple myeloma?
No, there is currently no known cure for myeloma.
How many people in Northeastern Wisconsin have multiple myeloma?
Per the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 488 multiple myeloma cases were reported in northeastern Wisconsin from 2009-2013, approximately 122 annually.