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Who is the Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN)?
AzMN was founded in June 2004 by Barbara B. Kavanagh. Our mission is to promote awareness, education and advocacy for improved treatment and quality of life, for multiple myeloma patients, their families and caregivers.  Our members are patients, families, health care professionals, volunteers and others concerned about myeloma. AzMN is a nonprofit charity (501)(c)(3) organization that conducts outreach Events and Educational programs for Arizona Myeloma cancer patients, their families and caregivers, with special consideration for the under served: African American, Asian /Pacific, Hispanic American and Native American.

 

Mission Statement

COLLABORATION – AWARENESS – EDUCATION – ADVOCACY

 

Who is Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN)?
Our mission is to promote collaboration, awareness, education and advocacy for improved treatment and quality of life, for multiple myeloma patients, their families and ALL cancer caregivers with special consideration to the underserved.

 

What is myeloma? 
Multiple Myeloma is a complex and often misdiagnosed cancer of the bone marrow that affects plasma cells, which comprise the immune system and bone. The cause is unknown.  In the USA there are over 2,041 new cases of myeloma diagnosed every month! The average incidence of myeloma is 6 per 100,000 in the US, representing approximately 1% of all types of cancer. Thankfully an estimated 83,367 people are living with myeloma. AZ Governor’s Proclamation March 2016 *Arizona Myeloma Awareness Week * Arizona Governor issues a Proclamation designating the 3rd week of March (19th-26th) as “Arizona Myeloma Awareness Week!”? “Whereas, in Arizona, during the last five years, there have been an average of 372 newly diagnosed cases of Myeloma and 217 deaths caused by Myeloma each year; and…”? “Whereas, Arizona Myeloma Network established the Cancer Caregiver Educational Support Programs for the cancer caregivers who are unsupported and under-represented.” There is no cure, but myeloma is treatable. With the new research, earlier intervention, and new medications, lives are being saved and the quality of life is improving. Hopefully, with collaboration among researchers, clinicians, pharmaceuticals, and patient advocates… together, we will find a Cure!

 

20280 N 59th Ave, Suite #115 448 Glendale, AZ 85308
623-466-6246 
admin@azmyelomanetwork.org

National Cancer Institute, SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results) program statistics based on 2009-2011 data.