Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer or of being cured. It is important to remember that this data shows what happens with large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, this information can't be used to know or predict what will happen to you.
These are 2009 statistics about multiple myeloma from the American Cancer Society.
About 20,580 people will be told they have multiple myeloma this year.
Less than 1 percent of cases are found in people younger than 35. Most people diagnosed with this cancer are over 65 years old.
Men are slightly more likely to have multiple myeloma than women.
Multiple myeloma is almost twice as common among African Americans as white Americans. The reason is not known.
About 10,580 Americans will die of multiple myeloma this year.
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