Multiple Myeloma in African Americans

multiple myeloma in the african american community

What’s Different About Multiple Myeloma for African Americans?

It’s More Common

Multiple myeloma is a rare cancer, yet African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma than white Americans. African Americans have >2 times the incidence rate of multiple myeloma. The reason for this is not completely understood. Yet it remains a rare cancer. Less 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

african americans make up 20 percent of the myeloma community

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.

It’s Usually Diagnosed at a Younger Age

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

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

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 the proper care.

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

standing in the gaap brochure

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