September is Blood Cancer Awareness month and there's no better time to share information that can save lives for multiple myeloma patients. Recently, we read in Science World Report that factors including race and socioeconomic status can mean a shorter lifespan for myeloma patients. Being economically stable, involving a myeloma specialist in your care, and asking the right questions about your disease can mean many additional YEARS OF LIFE. In the United States, the average lifespan for a multiple myeloma patient is 4-6 years. If patients are seen by a myeloma specialist ,the average life expectancy is 8-12 years. That's 4-6 years of additional life! How do we help our myeloma friends everywhere get their best outcomes? Join the Myeloma Crowd this month to share key messages about multiple myeloma:
Today is Thursday, so it's time to TAKE ACTION. Start by educating yourself about multiple myeloma and the latest in research. Here are five upcoming myeloma events you can join TODAY to learn more about multiple myeloma: SALT LAKE CITY: Live patient/expert meeting in Salt Lake City, hosted by Huntsman Cancer Institute ONLINE WEBINAR: Live webinar with Patient Power and MD Anderson experts Dr. Robert Orlowski and Dr. Jatin Shah. BALTIMORE, MD: Live Myeloma Crowd Round Table patient/expert meeting in Baltimore, MD with myeloma experts Dr. Ivan Borrello (Johns Hopkins), Dr. Willam Matsui (Johns Hopkins) and Dr. Ashraf Badros (University of Maryland). COLUMBUS, OH: Live Myeloma Crowd Round Table patient/expert meeting in Columbus, OH with Dr. Craig Hofmeister, (Ohio State), Dr. Robert Kyle (Mayo Clinic) and Dr. Craig Cole (University of Michigan). MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Live Myeloma Crowd Round Table patient/expert meeting in Minneapolis, MN with Dr. Morie Gertz, Dr.Guido Tricot, and Dr. Brian Van Ness. Share this post (using the social media buttons below) or share a link to any of the incredible articles on the Myeloma Crowd website (www.myelomacrowd.org) which has a wealth of news and information for myeloma patients.
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