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Cancer survivors face substantial financial burdens, US report says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 13 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4017
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

People who survive cancer face significant financial burdens from higher medical costs and lost productivity due to disability and illness, says an analysis in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.1

An estimated 13.4 million people (4.6%) in the United States are cancer survivors. Over the next decade, due to improvements in cancer detection and care, that number is expected to increase by more than 30% to 18 million. About half of cancer survivors are of working age.

Using data collected from 2008 to 2011 by the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey—a nationally representative survey conducted each year—the researchers found that …

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