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M-Power New Tampa:
Community Workshop

The M-Power Project realizes the IMF Diversity Initiative’s vision, enhancing outcomes for African-American myeloma patients. Though the most common blood cancer in this group, with reduced barriers to diagnosis and treatment, they fare as well as or even better than white individuals. Empowering healthcare professionals, community leaders, neighborhoods, and families, M-Power raises myeloma awareness.

Venue: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Location: 5123 East Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Tampa, FL 33619

The M-POWER project is partnering with cities across the country to turn the core vision of the IMF Diversity Initiative into a reality: improving the short- and long-term outcomes of African-American patients with multiple myeloma.

Multiple myeloma is the most common blood cancer in African Americans, who have a greater-than-average risk of developing the disease. But when barriers to early diagnosis and treatment are removed, African-American myeloma patients do just as well, or even better than, white individuals.

M-POWER is empowering health-care professionals, community leaders, neighborhoods and families to break down those barriers by raising myeloma awareness.


of all cases of myeloma are in African Americans

more common in African Americans


of all newly diagnosed myeloma patients will be African American

Multiple Myeloma

Did you know that myeloma is the most common blood cancer in people of African descent? But doctors do not typically check people for myeloma during a regular visit because currently there are no national screening recommendations for myeloma.

That’s why it’s important to learn the early symptoms of myeloma and let your doctor know that you—or a friend or family member—are at added risk for the disease.

Because even though myeloma affects African Americans at greater rates, with early diagnosis and treatment, African Americans can have better overall survival in living with the disease.

Myeloma Tool Kit

Listen in: Dr. Brandon Blue – Blood is Thicker Than Water Podcast

Moffitt Cancer Center has launched a new podcast focused on the impact of cancer in the Black and African American communities from the Office of Community Outreach, Engagement and Equity. Cancer in our Community is a series of conversations hosted by Dr. Brandon Blue.

Disparities in Treatment

My experiences over the years as a support group leader have been that most leaders are experiencing similar challenges, looking for ways to diversify group participation and ensure that we all live well with myeloma. Much like the health-care system, we have to better understand barriers to participation.

- Tiffany Williams

Diagnosed with myeloma in 2013, Tiffany is a co-facilitator of the Charleston, South Carolina Area Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

Patient advocate Yelak Biru shares his story

Diagnosed at the young age of 25 with stage III multiple myeloma, Yelak Biru is a patient turned myeloma research advocate. Working with a team of medical practitioners and educating himself through support group leadership, information resources, advocacy sites, social media, and the IMF, Yelak has successfully integrated myeloma to his life for over two decades.

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