What’s the Financial Cost of Breast Cancer?

U.S. News & World Report |

No one ever wants to hear the words "you have breast cancer," but the American Cancer Society estimates more than 266,000 Americans are likely to get that news in 2018. Part of what makes breast cancer such a fear-inducing diagnosis is the fact that it affects not just your physical health, but your financial well-being, too. A recent report published by The Pink Fund, a Michigan-based national non-profit that provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients undergoing treatment, points to just how a big a financial impact having breast cancer can have. The Pink Fund's survey results echo those of another recent report produced in partnership between Xcenda, a health economics and market access consultancy group, and Family Reach, a non-profit alleviating the financial burden of cancer.

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