What’s Different About Multiple Myeloma For African Americans?

What’s Different About Multiple Myeloma for African Americans?

It’s more common

Multiple myeloma is a rare cancer, yet African Americans are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed versus white Americans. The reason for this is not completely understood.

Yet it remains a rare cancer. It is estimated that fewer than 6000 African-American patients will be newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma this year.

African Americans make up a significant number of Americans living with multiple myeloma

The US African-American population is expected to grow much more quickly than the white population. Because of this, African Americans will make up even more of those living with multiple myeloma in the future.

African Americans currently represent about 20% or 1 out of 5 patients living with multiple myeloma

It’s usually diagnosed at a younger age

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

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

It might be less aggressive

Some studies suggest that the type of multiple myeloma that affects African Americans tends to be less aggressive with a better prognosis. However, it’s still important that you seek appropriate care.

Download the Standing in the Gaap brochure to learn more about multiple myeloma and how the disease could affect African Americans differently.
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