Global burden of multiple myeloma: A systematic analysis for the global burden of disease study 2016

Andrew J. Cowan, Christine Allen, Aleksandra Barac, Huda Basaleem, Isabela Bensenor, Maria Paula Curado, Kyle Foreman, Rahul Gupta, James Harvey, H. Dean Hosgood, Mihajlo Jakovljevic, Yousef Khader, Shai Linn, Deepesh Lad, Lorenzo Mantovani, Vuong Minh Nong, Ali Mokdad, Mohsen Naghavi, Maarten Postma, Gholamreza RoshandelKatya Shackelford, Mekonnen Sisay, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Tung Thanh Tran, Bach Tran Xuan, Kingsley Nnanna Ukwaja, Stein Emil Vollset, Elisabete Weiderpass, Edward N. Libby, Christina Fitzmaurice

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INTRODUCTION Multiplemyeloma (MM) is a plasma cell neoplasm with substantial morbidity and mortality. A comprehensive description of the global burden ofMMis needed to help direct health policy, resource allocation, research, and patient care. OBJECTIVE To describe the burden ofMMand the availability of effective therapies for 21 world regions and 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2016. DESIGN AND SETTING We report incidence, mortality, and disability-Adjusted life-year (DALY) estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2016 study. Data sources include vital registration system, cancer registry, drug availability, and survey data for stem cell transplant rates.We analyzed the contribution of aging, population growth, and changes in incidence rates to the overall change in incident cases from 1990 to 2016 globally, by sociodemographic index (SDI) and by region.We collected data on approval of lenalidomide and bortezomib worldwide. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Multiplemyeloma mortality; incidence; years lived with disabilities; years of life lost; and DALYs by age, sex, country, and year. RESULTS Worldwide in 2016 there were 138 509 (95%uncertainty interval [UI], 121 000-155 480) incident cases ofMMwith an age-standardized incidence rate (ASIR) of 2.1 per 100 000 persons (95%UI, 1.8-2.3). Incident cases from 1990 to 2016 increased by 126% globally and by 106%to 192%for all SDI quintiles. The 3 world regions with the highest ASIR ofMMwere Australasia, North America, andWestern Europe. Multiplemyeloma caused 2.1 million (95%UI, 1.9-2.3 million) DALYs globally in 2016. Stem cell transplantation is routinely available in higher-income countries but is lacking in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the Middle East. In 2016, lenalidomide and bortezomib had been approved in 73 and 103 countries, respectively. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Incidence ofMMis highly variable among countries but has increased uniformly since 1990, with the largest increase in middle and low-middle SDI countries. Access to effective care is very limited in many countries of low socioeconomic development, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Global health policy priorities forMMare to improve diagnostic and treatment capacity in low and middle income countries and to ensure affordability of effective medications for every patient. Research priorities are to elucidate underlying etiological factors explaining the heterogeneity inmyeloma incidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1221-1227
Number of pages7
JournalJAMA Oncology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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