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Multiple myeloma statistics

To provide the most current cancer statistics, researchers use statistical methods to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.

Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

It is estimated that in 2015:

  • 2,700 Canadians will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
  • 1,400 Canadians will die from multiple myeloma.
  • 1,500 men will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma and 740 will die from it.
  • 1,150 women will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma and 640 will die from it.

Chances (probability) of developing or dying from multiple myeloma

Based on 2010 estimates:

  • About 1 in 118 Canadian men is expected to develop multiple myeloma during his lifetime and 1 in 195 will die from it.
  • About 1 in 143 Canadian women is expected to develop multiple myeloma during her lifetime and 1 in 239 will die from it.

For more information about cancer statistics, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics publication.

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