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Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a type of bone marrow cancer arising from plasma cells within the blood, which are normally found in the bone marrow. Plasma cells form an integral part of your immune system.
Of the approximately 1,800 Australians who are diagnosed with myeloma each year, almost all are older than 40 years of age. Myeloma is most common in people aged 60 years and older, and men are affected more often than women.
The basics on Multiple Myeloma
- About 20,000 people in Australia are living with myeloma at any one time
- There are in the region of 2,000 new cases per year in Australia.
- Myeloma accounts for 15% of blood cancers and 1% of cancers generally
- Median age of onset is 70 and only 5-10% of patients are under the age of 50
Currently there is no cure for myeloma, but with treatment it can be controlled for many years. With the emergence of many new more targeted treatments, survival rates have increased dramatically.
Colin was first diagnosed on the 4th May 2013 at the age of 58.
The mean survival from time of diagnosis is approximately 5 years.
Colin defied the odds and challenged the disease for 10 years!
Colin never asked “why me” and selflessly participated in several clinical trials over this time in effort to find a cure. He also mentored newly diagnosed myeloma patients, providing insight & inspiration to others.
We ask in place of flowers that you give any chosen amount to continue the research into the fight of this disease and its cure.