Multiple myeloma is the focus of Leukemia Awareness Month

For Leukemia Awareness Month, which is celebrated in September every year, International Myeloma Foundation (International Monetary Fund) focuses on educating people about Multiple myelomaIt is the second most common type of leukemia.

The month is dedicated to raising awareness of all types of blood cancers, which are diagnosed every three minutes in the United States alone. It also focuses on raising funds and supporting patients and their families.

through #kNOwMyeloma . campaignThe IMF’s primary goal is to reach not only people with myeloma, but those who may not have heard of this type of leukemia. Throughout the month, the IMF will ask one question: “Do you know myeloma?”

This effort also seeks to inspire the myeloma community to advocate for patients. Myeloma is a rare blood cancer that begins in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible for producing antibodies that help ward off infectious microbes and other risks.

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Education will focus on symptoms, early diagnosis, tests, disease progression, and the relatively high incidence of myeloma among people of African descent.

The organization also draws attention to Resources and Publicationsthat it Support groupsand its InfoLine team, which answers questions and concerns about myeloma.

Advocacy objectives include informing patients and the public of the IMF’s objectives Black Swan Research Initiativewhich focuses on preventing and treating myeloma, and iStopMM projectthe largest population-examining study Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), a benign, inactive form of myeloma that may eventually progress to active disease.

“For more than 30 years, the IMF has been on a mission to improve the lives of myeloma patients and find a cure,” said Brian J.M. Dorey, managing director and chair of the IMF. Foundation press release. “We believe that the early treatment strategies underlying the iStopMM project and treatment trials are key to achieving a cure.”

The IMF also hopes to raise awareness about new and innovative treatment options, such as T-cell therapy CARand the institution MPower ProjectA multiple effort to improve outcomes among African Americans.

To encourage tissue sampling among myeloma patients, the organization also provides information about International Myeloma Working GroupVirtual Biobank and Immunotherapy Registry.

“With the development of so many new treatments over the past 20 years, patients can reimagine living with myeloma,” said Yilak Biro, IMF President and CEO, and a multiple myeloma patient for more than 25 years. That’s why it’s so important for the IMF to continue to put patients at the center of research, education, advocacy, and support. With all the recent developments in the IMF’s intense search for a cure, there is more hope than ever.”

Awareness Month supporters are encouraged to participate using their social media platforms to share myeloma facts, treatment breakthroughs, and patients’ inspiring stories of hope and resilience. Charts can be downloaded from the IMF Social Media Toolkit.

The Foundation also offers a Myeloma Quiz game and invites Awareness Month participants to test their knowledge of myeloma by answering daily questions in TwitterAnd the Facebookor Instagram pages.

The International Monetary Fund will also host two parts Facebook Live On September 21 and 28 at 7 p.m. ET. The half-hour presentations will be given by Joseph Mikhail, the IMF’s chief medical officer.

For the first event, Mikhail will review myeloma basics, share disease facts and statistics, discuss health disparities within the myeloma community, and provide information on IMF resources. The second event will focus on research achievements, immunotherapies in development, and the Black Swan Research Initiative.