Study: Millions Of Cancer Survivors Put Off Care

A new study suggests that millions of cancer survivors have put off getting medical care because they couldn't afford it.

The researchers estimate that more than 2 million of 12 million U.S. adult cancer survivors did not get one or more needed medical services.

The work was based on national surveys that included 6,600 cancer survivors. About 8 percent of the cancer survivors said they had put off getting medical care because of costs. About 10 percent also said they had to forgo filling prescriptions.

The study was released online Monday by an American Cancer Society medical journal.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 16, 2010 at 12:16 AM
    There is no miracle cancer cure, no. There are treatments (which improve all the time) and they have varying degrees of effectivenes. It depends on the type of cancer, the progression of it, the overall health of the individual, their support system and personal determination, and a fair portion of luck and prayer. If there were a magic pill, we'd all know about it.
  • by Jeff on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:19 AM
    anonymous, well said.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    I am going to laid off my job in a few weeks. I will have no insurance. I have no medical problems. Blue Cross will cost mo only $300. per month and that is without prescription coverage. How do you make that on uemployment?????
  • by rl Location: eastern nc on Jun 14, 2010 at 07:17 AM
    My husband is a cancer survivior, and we have insurance. He has to pick and choose which appointments he attends. Between the surgery and chemo, our savings is gone. While we both work, it will still take years to pay off our part of the bills that the insurance didn't cover.We are thankful everyday for his health. With every new visit comes more bills. I completely understand, the why of it.
  • by A CURE ? on Jun 14, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    I believe their's been a cure for cancer, but its too much of a money making profit to treat. than find a cure.
  • by anonymous on Jun 14, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    Pathetic ! We give so much money to other countries..yet, our own people are without health care necessities. Shouldn't we take care of our own BEFORE taking care of everybody else's back yard?
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