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Why is that?
  • People living in rural areas tend to be diagnosed with MM later in the disease than people in cities. This is partly due to a lack of preventative healthcare services in rural areas
  • People in rural areas are also more likely to receive medical attention much later than people living in urban areas. This means their disease is more advanced by the time they start treatment
  • This is mostly because rural areas have fewer hospitals and specialized treatment centers
How to take action

If you live far away from your hospital or treatment center, don’t worry. There are resources available that can help you get to appointments:

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The International Myeloma Foundation has a list of free or discounted housing and travel assistance for cancer patients who live far away from their treatment centers.
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Let's recap
  • Research has shown that people with MM living in rural areas tend to have worse outcomes than those who live in urban areas
  • Limited access to nearby hospitals and treatment centers is the main reason for this
  • There are many organizations that can help you get to your appointments if you live far away or don’t have access to transportation
More about equity
Based on Age

Find out more about the differences in how older patients are sometimes treated.

Based on Income

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Based on Race

Learn about disparities in MM treatment for racial and ethnic minorities and how to advocate for the care you deserve.

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