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Last Updated: 10/10/18

Myeloma SPOREs

Multiple myeloma, a disease of white blood cells, will claim 12,650 lives in 2016 (2.1% of all cancer deaths), according to estimates from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program. Another 30,330 new cases will be diagnosed in the same year with African Americans having around double the incidence of myeloma compared to that of Americans of European ancestry. While recent improvements in treatment have resulted in a more favorable outlook for patients, five-year survival rates are still unacceptably low: 48.5% based on 2006-2012 data. The first solicitation for myeloma SPORE applications was announced in 2001, applications were reviewed in 2002 and the first award given in 2003.