A good majority of individuals, when diagnosed with multiple myeloma, have never heard of the disease; however, it is the second most common blood cancer. In order to raise awareness about the cancer, in 2009 the International Myeloma Foundation established March as Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.
By increasing awareness of this myeloma, an incurable blood disease, there is the opportunity to increase funding for research which ultimately saves lives. Raising awareness also helps patients to inquire of their doctors whether they've considered myeloma as a diagnosis. Worldwide, multiple myeloma affects 750,000 people who are experiencing symptoms of bone pain, anemia and extreme fatigue.