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Multiple Myeloma Statistics

When it comes to multiple myeloma, statistics can help provide a better understanding of the disease and its impact. According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, an estimated 16,570 men and women in the United States would be diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2006. Other multiple myeloma statistics indicate that the overall five-year relative survival rate for the cancer during 1995-2001 was 32.4 percent.

Multiple Myeloma Statistics: 2006 Estimates

The American Cancer Society estimated that 16,570 people (9,250 men and 7,320 women) would be diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the U.S. during 2006, and that 11,310 men and women would die of multiple myeloma during that same period.

Multiple Myeloma Statistics: Age-at-Diagnosis Figures

From 1998-2002, the median age at diagnosis for multiple myeloma was 70 years of age. The percentages of people diagnosed with multiple myeloma based on age were:
  • 0.0 percent were diagnosed under age 20
  • 0.6 percent were diagnosed between 20 and 34
  • 3.4 percent were diagnosed between 35 and 44
  • 11.2 percent were diagnosed between 45 and 54
  • 19.0 percent were diagnosed between 55 and 64
  • 28.5 percent were diagnosed between 65 and 74
  • 27.8 percent were diagnosed between 75 and 84
  • 9.4 percent were diagnosed at 85 years of age or older.

Multiple Myeloma Statistics: Mortality Rates

From 1998-2002, the median age for multiple myeloma death was 74 years of age. The percentages of people who died from multiple myeloma based on age were as follows:
  • 0.0 percent died under age 20
  • 0.1 percent died between 20 and 34
  • 1.4 percent died between 35 and 44
  • 6.3 percent died between 45 and 54
  • 14.8 percent died between 55 and 64
  • 28.9 percent died between 65 and 74
  • 34.5 percent died between 75 and 84
  • 13.9 percent died at 85 years of age or older.
The age-adjusted multiple myeloma death rate was 3.8 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are based on patients who died in 1998-2002 in the United States. Multiple myeloma mortality rates by race were:
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