Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month


WHEREAS, Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cell, is the second most common blood cancer worldwide; and

WHEREAS, multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that clinicians and the general public become more aware of the symptoms of multiple myeloma so that it can be diagnosed at an early stage; and

WHEREAS, more than 25,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma this year, with an estimated 11,240 potential deaths; and

WHEREAS, although there have been important advances in the last decade there is still no cure for multiple myeloma; and

WHEREAS, Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate individuals on the signs and symptoms of multiple myeloma with the hope that increased awareness will lead to further research and improved treatment methods;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2015 as MULTIPLE MYELOMA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.