Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. As these white blood cells multiply, they leave little room for healthy cells. They can also damage the bone marrow, develop into growths or destroy the bones. Multiple myeloma is not a common cancer – the lifetime risk is about 1 in 143, according to Cancer.Net. There is no cure for multiple myeloma. Early detection can help you seek treatment to manage the disease and avoid any harmful side effects of the condition, such as kidney failure, bone fractures, numbness, weakness, paralysis, and infections.
Someone in the United States is diagnosed with leukemia every three minutes. Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells, bone marrow, and lymphatic system. In most cases, the disease affects the white blood cells, leaving you vulnerable to infections. There are several types of leukemia, and the disease can affect children and adults. Most types of leukemia have a high five-year survival rate compared to other forms of cancer. Early diagnosis is the best way to increase your chances of fighting leukemia, so you should be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.
Hepatitis exists in five basic forms: hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. In the United States, hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common. Globally, the disease is responsible for more than 1.3 million deaths per year, and approximately 1.75 million people acquire hepatitis C every year.
Bladder cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer – approximately 68,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed each year. Though it can affect anyone, it most commonly affects the elderly. In fact, it’s extremely rare for this medical condition to develop before the age of 40, and Cancer.net indicates that the average age of diagnosis is 73.
The weather may be cooling down but, as per usual, flu season is starting to heat up! Flu season isn’t as predictable as the cycle of the moon, but it does ebb and flow this time of year fairly reliably. Flu season (the season marked by a prevalence of outbreaks of influenza) occurs during the colder months of each respective hemisphere. For North Americans, that’s the winter months of October through to March.
Arthritis is the primary cause of physical impairment among American adults. According to the Arthritis Foundation, at least 54 million people over the age of 18 have been diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, damages the joints, limiting the ability to perform everyday activities.
Psoriatic arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that usually affects people who have a skin disease called psoriasis. Approximately 1 million Americans currently have psoriatic arthritis – a progressive disease that can cause serious joint damage. It is possible to develop this condition without first seeing signs of psoriasis; however, having psoriasis is the biggest risk factor for this form of arthritis.