Myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells, which is a type of white blood cell found in bone marrow. Plasma cells are an important part of the immune system and help your body fight off infection (also called immunoglobulins). These blood cells, produced in the bone marrow, are found in multiple areas of the body (hence the name multiple myeloma).
Myeloma cells are abnormal plasma cells which multiply rapidly and produce an abnormal antibody known as paraprotein. Myeloma is often diagnosed through the measurement of this paraprotein.1
Each year, 100 new cases of multiple myeloma are diagnosed.2