- 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.