MARCH is Myeloma Awareness Month and blood cancer research charity, Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK (LMRUK) is raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and treatments of this type of blood cancer.
Myeloma is one of the three main types of blood cancer and, each year, approximately 5,700 people are diagnosed with myeloma in the UK.
This month, LMRUK is encouraging people of all ages to run, walk or cycle 5.7 miles as many times as they can, while raising funds to support the vital stem cell research the charity invests in to find a more effective treatment to fight blood cancer.
Whether it’s £5 or £50 raised, all donations will be used to help protect the next generation and find more effective treatments for the future.
If you’d like to take part in LMRUK’s March for Myeloma challenge, head over to Run For Charity to secure your place: https://bit.ly/3hxWEm2.
Did you know?
- Myeloma affects multiple places in the body such as the spine, skull, pelvis and ribs, which is why it’s often referred to as multiple myeloma.
- Myeloma develops when DNA is damaged during the development of a plasma cell. This abnormal cell then starts to multiply and spread within the bone marrow.
- Treatments for myeloma include targeted therapies and immunotherapy drugs, chemotherapy, steroids and stem cell transplants.
The main symptoms to look out for include:
- Bone pain, most frequently in the middle or lower back, the rib cage and the hips.
- Fatigue or overwhelming tiredness.
- Recurring infections.
Myeloma is often diagnosed when the cancerous plasma cells increase and begin to cause damage to the blood, bone or kidneys. Bone marrow tests can determine the presence and the amount of myeloma cells in the bone marrow, or a full blood count and blood film can be done to make an immediate diagnosis.
To date, there is no cure for myeloma but the outlook is significantly better than it was 15 years ago, with some patients now living in excess of 10 years from diagnosis.
LMRUK is on a mission to see this number increase, so if you’d like to donate today to support the charity’s work investing in potentially life-saving research, visit: https://lmruk.org/donate/ or get involved in the March for Myeloma challenge.
For more information about myeloma, click here: https://lmruk.org/2021/10/18/what-is-myeloma/.