11 every day…and more who may not yet know.
March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. Make myeloma matter.
Join us in creating more awareness for this 2nd most common – yet still incurable – blood cancer.
Did you know…
- More than 4,000 Canadians were diagnosed with myeloma in 2022 as reported by the Canadian Cancer Society, and the number is on the rise?
- It often takes more than 3 visits with a physician before being diagnosed?
- Countless Canadians may not receive their myeloma diagnosis for months or sometimes even years?
Help spread the word.
Delays in diagnosis = poorer prognosis and quality of life
The more people know about this complicated disease the earlier it can be identified and diagnosed, the better their outcomes.
There’s a lot you can do to create awareness for earlier detection and a brighter future for people with myeloma.
1.Participate IN OUR ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN.
Help raise myeloma awareness by having the month of March recognized as “Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month” through a proclamation, flag raising and/or illumination of an official building or site.
Send an auto-generated letter to editors, health ministry officials and mayors across the country today.
To learn more, click here or contact Aidan Robertson at [email protected] .
Send a letter to:
Your Minister of Health and media/editors Your municipality
2.DOWNLOAD OUR EASY-TO-USE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS that talk about myeloma and the importance of increasing awareness for early diagnosis, and ask others to join in.
For ideas and artwork you can use and share
And don’t forget to use the hashtags #MCMAM2023, #myelomaawarenesscanada
3.SHARE YOUR STORY and encourage others to help you spread the word of why early detection and diagnosis is crucial for better futures.
- Explain what myeloma is to those who may not know.
- Discuss the effects of myeloma on your life with friends and loved ones
- Give an in-person or online/zoom talk at your community centre, public library, place of worship, yoga, running, or knitting group, book club, or any group you belong to!
4.SEND A PRESS RELEASE - Is your municipality, province or territory doing something to recognize Myeloma Awareness Month? Download our customizable press release templates (pre-event and post-event) to send to your local newspaper or radio show to let them know.
Click here for more information.
Pre-event press release Post-event press release
5.CREATE A FUNDRAISER! Need ideas or help? Contact Michelle Oana at [email protected] or Justin Moore at [email protected].
Together, let’s do all we can to raise awareness for myeloma. Stop this devastating cancer from cutting short the lives of those we love.
* https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6410016/; Canadian Cancer Statistic: A 2022 special report on cancer prevalence.