March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month and, yes, it matters! Bringing awareness to this blood cancer helps increase funding for research that brings about new treatments and, potentially, a cure. The National Institute of Health (NIH) spent 12 percent of its budget in 2012 ($61.3 million) on multiple myeloma research versus $41.5 million in 2008. This large increase is due in part because of awareness. Breast cancer is an excellent example of how important awareness really is. In the seventies, few people talked about the disease. Today, the breast cancer community is well organized and vocal. As a result, funding and awareness has increased exponentially. Multiple myeloma is on its way to following suit. The Myeloma Crowd recognizes March as an important way to educate and advocate for those affected by this disease. Read more by clicking here.
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Myeloma survivor, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by weighing in and participating in clinical research. Founder of HealthTree Foundation (formerly Myeloma Crowd).