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New Cases

  • An estimated 22,350 new cases of myeloma (12,440 men and 9,910 women) are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year.
  • The median age at diagnosis is 69 years. Myeloma rarely occurs in people under age 45.

Incidence by Gender

  • For the years 2006 to 2010, the incidence rate in men (7.5 per 100,000) was 56.3 percent higher than for women (4.8 per 100,000).

Incidence by Race and Ethnicity

  • Blacks have more than twice the incidence rate (11.9 per 100,000 population) of myeloma than whites (5.5 per 100,000 population). 
  • The median age at diagnosis for blacks is 66.
  • The highest incidence rates are found in black males ages 80 to 84 years (92.3 per 100,000).
  • From 2006 to 2010, myeloma was the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer among black males and the seventh most commonly diagnosed cancer among black females.


  • An estimated 88,490 people are living with, or are in remission from, myeloma in the United States
  • The five-year relative survival has increased from 12 percent in 1960-1963 for whites to 44.9 percent from 2003 to 2009 for all races and ethnicities.
  • The five-year survival is highest for white males (47.1 percent).
  • The three-year survival rate as of January 1, 2010 is 56.6 percent.


  • Approximately 10,710 deaths from myeloma are expected this year.
  • Myeloma was the seventh most common cause of cancer death among black females and the twelfth most common cause of cancer death among white females from 2006 to 2010.
  • As reported in Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans 2013-2014, the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 3 percent of all cancer-related deaths among blacks are expected to be caused by myeloma.
  • From 2006 to 2010, the mortality rate for myeloma for black males was nearly double the rate for white males (7.9 per 100,000 versus 4.0 per 100,000).
  • During the same period, the mortality rate for black women was more than twice the rate for white women (5.4 per 100,000 versus. 2.5 per 100,000).
  • Overall, mortality from myeloma has been decreasing from 1995 to 2010 (the most recent data available).
  • The U.S. median age at death from myeloma is 75 years. It is 71 years for blacks and 75 years for Hispanics.

Myeloma facts and statistics from Facts 2013.

last updated on Thursday, August 22, 2013

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