Date published: 18 February 2012
North Manchester and Bury Myeloma Support Group Logo
The North Manchester and Bury Myeloma Support Group, which was established in February 2007, will celebrate its fifth birthday on Tuesday 21 February at the Elizabethan suite, Bury Town Hall. All the members of the group will celebrate with a birthday cake with the group’s logo.
The group which supports those with myeloma, their family, carers or friends has significantly increased in numbers since it started in 2007 with 14 members to over 60 now. It continues to extremely active with regular meetings on various subjects on various topics such as developments in treatments, coping with fatigue, disability rights etc.
This year’s programme includes will writing, dietary advice and tai chi. In addition there have been activities to raise the awareness of myeloma, such as the Walk a Mile for Myeloma in Heaton Park last June. There have also been social events such as Christmas Lunch or outing to Chester.
The group also launched its own website www.myeloma-nmb.org.uk and recently developed a newsletter – Myeword.
If you would like more information about the North Manchester and Bury Support Group contact Joan Smith, Secretary on 0161 766 4669 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells. Plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are responsible for protecting the body against viruses and infections. In Myeloma, a single defective plasma cell (a Myeloma cell) multiplies rapidly, disrupting the immune system and displacing the healthy bone marrow. The Myeloma usually appears in several areas of the body which is why it is sometimes known as multiple Myeloma.
• The most common symptoms include severe pain, bone fractures and fatigue.
• There are nearly 4.000 new cases every year and 15,000 – 20,000 people have Myeloma in the UK at any one time. Myeloma accounts for 15% of blood cancers and 1% of all cancers. It is more common in people over 60 although younger people are now being diagnosed.
• Public awareness of myeloma remains low (only 3% of the population know what it is) despite the fact that it is more common than most individual forms of leukaemia.