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Multiple Myeloma Statistics: Survival Rates

Survival rates can be calculated by different methods for different purposes. The multiple myeloma survival rates presented here are based on the relative survival rate. The relative survival rate measures the survival of multiple myeloma patients in comparison to the general population to estimate the effect of cancer. The overall five-year relative multiple myeloma survival rate for 1995-2001 was 32.4 percent.
 
The five-year relative multiple myeloma survival rates by race and sex were:
 
  • 35.8 percent for Caucasian men
  • 28.1 percent for Caucasian women
  • 36.3 percent for African American men
  • 30.5 percent for African American women.
 

Multiple Myeloma Statistics: Lifetime Risk Percentages

Based on rates from 2000-2002, 0.62 percent of men and women (1 in 162 men and women) born today will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma at some time during their lifetime. These statistics are called the lifetime risk of developing cancer. Sometimes it is more useful to look at the probability of developing multiple myeloma between two age groups. For example, 0.28 percent of men will develop myeloma between their 50th and 70th birthdays, compared to 0.19 percent of women.
 

Multiple Myeloma Statistics: Prevalence Data

On January 1, 2002, in the United States there were approximately 50,484 men and women alive who had a history of multiple myeloma -- 27,357 men and 23,127 women. This number included any person alive on January 1, 2002, who had been diagnosed with myeloma at any point prior to January 1, 2002, any person with active disease, and people who had been cured of their disease.
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