Mayor Davis has proclaimed March 2013 “Myeloma Awareness Month” in Dunwoody.
Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is an incurable cancer of cells in the bone marrow that affects blood cell production and can lead to anemia, infections, bone lesions, vertebral compressions, osteoporosis, severe pain and kidney dysfunction.
“We appreciate Mayor Davis’ help in raising awareness of myeloma,” said Carolyn Higgins member of the Atlanta Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group. “This recognition is important to me because my disease is little known, and awareness will increase funding for research to find treatments and ultimately a cure.
In the US, there are approximately 100,000 patients, and nearly 20,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Myeloma is increasing in numbers and is becoming more common in younger patients, with possible links to environmental toxins. Recently, myeloma was added to the list of cancers covered in people exposed to the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks. Despite these facts, there is a lack of public awareness about this disease.
Carolyn Higgins’ support group is a place where people with myeloma and their families can learn about the newest treatments available and gain support and advice from those who have been living with the disease.
This year, myeloma patients around the country have reached out to their local governments to have March officially declared “Myeloma Awareness Month.” More than 45 cities, seven counties, Washington State, Atlanta, Michigan and Delaware have issued proclamations this year.
The Atlanta Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group meetings are held on the first Saturday of every month at 11 a.m.