By Jennifer Ahlstrom | Posted - Sep 25th, 2018

 

 

 

 

New African American Multiple Myeloma Facebook Group

Join the new Facebook African American Multiple Myeloma Group Today

Multiple myeloma is a rare blood cancer, but for African Americans it is more common. If you are African American or know a family member or friend who is, you can share this information on Facebook, which could lead to earlier diagnosis and longer life. Here are some important facts: 

More African Americans are Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Than Other Ethnicities

African Americans are two times as likely to be diagnosed with it than white Americans. This is 1 out of ever 5 patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma. We don't yet understand why this is. 

African Americans are Diagnosed with Myeloma at Younger Ages

African Americans are diagnosed with multiple myeloma at a younger age than white Americans. 

  • 66 years: Average age at diagnosis for African Americans
  • 70 years: Average age at diagnosis for white Americans

African Americans Have Lower Risk Myeloma Genetics

Some studies show that the type of multiple myeloma found affecting African Americans may be lower risk and less aggressive than the type found in white Americans. This is identified by studying the genes found on the myeloma cells in different ethnic populations. This should mean that African Americans are living longer with multiple myeloma, but today they are not. We want that to change. 

Learn More in the new African American Multiple Myeloma Facebook Group

The Myeloma Crowd is introducing a new Facebook group where we will be sharing news and information specifically for the African American community. Please share this new group with those you love who may benefit from better education, earlier treatment and access to important resources. 

 

Join the new Facebook African American Multiple Myeloma Group Today

 

 
 
Jennifer Ahlstrom
About the Author

Jennifer Ahlstrom - Jenny A - Myeloma survivor, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by weighing in and participating in clinical trials. Founder of Myeloma Crowd, Myeloma Crowd Radio, HealthTree and the CrowdCare Foundation.

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