Here are excerpts from an article I found online at Ann Arbor.com. It provides an unexpected, easy to understand background into the study of myeloma, leukemia and lymphoma…
Studying blood cancers has helped unlock mysteries of disease, paved the way to better treatments
By Betsy de Parry – Community Contributor
The blood cancers — leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma — rarely get much attention, even though, collectively, they account for 9.5 percent of all cancer deaths and 9 percent of new diagnoses in the U.S. — and even though they have historically played a significant role in unlocking the mysteries of cancer and in leading the way to better treatments for other types of cancer.
Since September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, it’s an appropriate time to increase understanding of these diseases, which are also often misunderstood.
And no wonder. Most have long, hard-to-pronounce, even weird-sounding names, none of which are attached to the “C” word, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at the puzzled looks when people hear, for example, hairy cell lymphoma or when they think that acute myelogenous leukemia or multiple myeloma is a virus, something akin to a bad case of the flu…
…Collectively, the blood cancers account for 9 percent of all new diagnoses in the U.S. In 2010, 137,260 adults were diagnosed with a blood cancer, making them the fourth most commonly occurring cancers behind lung (222,520 new cases), prostate (217,730 new cases) and breast (209,060 new cases). Nearly a million people in the U.S. are living with a blood cancer, and the incidence of lymphoma has doubled since the 1970s. Scientists don’t know why….
Read the interesting and important details by clicking HERE.
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