Study: Rural, poor patients often get late melanoma diagnosis

08/22/2007 | Yahoo!

Poorer patients get diagnosed with thicker melanomas, and patients from rural areas who have to travel far to see a doctor risk getting diagnosed when the cancer is in its later stages, researchers report. Patients in rural counties traveled an average of 2.4 miles farther to their diagnosing doctor compared to those in metropolitan areas, according to the study.

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