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Early and Later Treatment Adopters by the Numbers



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Making treatment decisions upon receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult as well as confusing. As a part of our 2015 MS in America survey, we asked people who have MS to tell us about their treatment decisions, including information about when they initiated treatment. Here are a few insights we gathered from patients who started treatment upon diagnosis as compared to those who delayed treatment.

5,927 MS patients

Completed the online MS in America 2015 survey, which gathered information about their symptoms and diagnosis journey, as well as their quality of life and treatment experience.

71%

Of those surveyed were considered “early treaters,” having started treatment within 3 months of their MS diagnosis. 6% had still not begun treatment at the time of the survey and 22% were classified as “later treaters,” meaning they started treatment more than 3 months after their diagnosis.

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Later treaters started experiencing their symptoms after the age of 30, compared to 63% of early treaters.** Similarly, more early treaters were diagnosed after the age of 30 (82%) as compared to 72% of later treaters.**

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The average number of initial symptoms early treaters experienced prior to diagnosis, as compared to an average of 2.9 for later treaters**.  At the time of the survey, later treaters were experiencing 6.9 symptoms on average, as compared to 6.8 experienced by early treaters.

78%

Of early treaters were currently diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS and 69% of later treaters**. 8% of early treaters were currently diagnosed with secondary progressive and 15% of later treaters**.

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