The Cost of Cancer: 25% of Survivors Face Financial Hardship, Report Finds

June 7, 2019

(CNN) – Cancer can take a toll not only on the body but also a patient’s bank account — and just how much of a toll has been revealed in a new report. About one-fourth of cancer survivors in the United States say they have had problems paying medical bills and about one-third say they have worried about medical costs, according to the report published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday. The report found that cancer survivors have significantly higher annual out-of-pocket spending on average compared with people who have never had cancer.

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