Myeloma is a rare and incurable cancer of the plasma cells; around 17,500 people across the UK are currently living with myeloma.
On this page you’ll find information on myeloma, patient stories and infographic facts and figures. We have a range of additional information, stories and visual assets available on request.
- Myeloma is the second most common form of bone marrow cancer. It represents 2% of all cancers
- There are 5,500 new cases of myeloma diagnosed in the UK every year – that’s 15 people every day
- In 2013, 4,703 cases were diagnosed in England, 391 in Scotland, 285 in Wales and 118 in Northern Ireland
- Myeloma is more common in men than in women, and data for England shows that it is almost twice as common in black people than white and Asian people
- 71% of people diagnosed with myeloma are aged 65 years or over
- Myeloma has been identified as having one of the highest rates of delay in diagnosis. Currently, 1 in 5 myeloma patients die within 60 days of diagnosis
- Approximately 70% of myeloma patients survive for one year or more after diagnosis
- 17% of myeloma patients are living 10 years or more after diagnosis
It is vital that new treatments are developed to ensure that patients have access to as many treatment options and combinations as possible.
Andy was diagnosed with myeloma in 2012 at the age of 43. It was a frightening time for Andy and his family. Here he talks about his diagnosis, treatment and hopes for the future.
You can find more patient stories on our YouTube playlist.
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At Myeloma UK, our ultimate goal is to find a cure for myeloma, until then we are determined to ensure that people with myeloma live as long as possible with the best quality of life.