This week is UK Myeloma Awareness Week (21 – 28 June 2012) and it is currently in its 15th Year.
Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a type of cancer arising from plasma cells which are found in the bone marrow.
Myeloma Awareness Week was founded by Myeloma UK and I am so proud to support the work they and many others do to raise awareness and funds to improve treatments, and to support Myeloma patients and families.
The Week has become an important part of the fabric of the myeloma community and has, in its time, been responsible for some pioneering and influential Awareness activities.
Why does awareness need to be raised for Myeloma?
Myeloma is a lesser known cancer and this year the focus of Myeloma UK is two fold:
- Raising funds for research into better treatments and care for patient. Also to support the innovative Myeloma UK research programme as well as their services and resources for patients, families and healthcare professionals.
- This year awareness is being raised about the Myeloma Infoline so that anyone who is affected by myeloma knows this service is available to them. Through greater awareness it is hoped that patients and their loved ones will know that support is available to them.
Myeloma Infoline: Call: 0800 980 3332 (UK) or 1800 937 773 (Ireland) Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
Information, support, practical advice and a listening ear.
Over the past five to 10 years there has been a significant increase in the number of drugs available to treat Myeloma. It is hoped that with continued fund raising, and with more knowledge about Myeloma, improvements to treatments available to patients will continue – helping to improve survival and the quality of life of Myeloma patients.
If you would like to find out more about Myeloma or to get some really helpful advice the following websites are great;
To make a donation to Myeloma UK: http://www.myeloma.org.uk/get-involved/donate/