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3-4-14 Myeloma Awareness Month

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3-4-14 Myeloma Awareness Month
Multiple Myeloma (or Myeloma), the second most common blood cancer worldwide, is a cancer of plasma cells in the bone marrow. It is called “multiple” because the cancer can occur at multiple sites; and WHEREAS, Multiple Myeloma currently affects more than 100,000 people in the United States, with an estimated 20,000 new cases diagnosed each year and 10,000 losing their battle each year; and WHEREAS, once a disease of the elderly, it is now being found in increasing numbers in people under 65; and WHEREAS, Myeloma is a rare disease there can be a delayed diagnosis, leading to delayed treatment. For this reason an increased awareness of Myeloma for clinicians and the general public will lead to earlier diagnosis allowing people to live longer; and WHEREAS, continued investment and innovation is critical to achieve early diagnosis and implement the most effective and safest treatments for Myeloma patients; and WHEREAS, although we have seen important advances in the last decade there is still no cure for Myeloma; and WHEREAS, the Board is committed to increasing awareness of Myeloma and encouraging private efforts to enhance research funding and education programs; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the month of March 2014 as: MYELOMA AWARENESS MONTH in Lee County and encourages all residents to participate in voluntary activities to support Myeloma education and the funding of research programs to find a cure.