- Myeloma is a difficult cancer to diagnose due to the vagueness of symptoms and rarity of the disease
- This is a tool designed to assist GPs and other healthcare professionals in recognising myeloma
- In the UK, 5,800 people are diagnosed with myeloma every year
- Myeloma patients experience some of the longest delays in diagnosis of all cancer patients
Myeloma red flags
CRAB denotes four features of myeloma
If you suspect myeloma, request the following:
Contact/refer to the haematology clinic if the investigations show abnormal results, or in cases of unresolving presenting symptoms.
Check the NICE suspected cancer referral guidelines.
Early diagnosis via GP referral is associated with improved overall survival.
62% one year survival for patients diagnosed via emergency route
88% one year survival for patients diagnosed via GP referral
Myeloma Practice Guidelines