Low Household Income & Poor Education Decrease Multiple Myeloma Survival Rate, Study Says

Senior African American couple going over billsThe chance of surviving multiple myeloma may boil down to sociodemographic factors such as household income and education, according to a new U.S. study.

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Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham studied more than 10,000 multiple myeloma patients younger than 65. They found that race wasn’t the most important factor in whether a patient was at risk for dying prematurely.

Instead, what actually affected the patient’s survival rate were marital status, income and insurance.

“This finding strongly suggests that there is a huge disparity in outcomes that could potentially be overcome by improving access and affordability of treatments,” said Dr. Luciano Costa.