Cancer survivors put off care that they can’t afford

Eighteen percent of U.S. adult cancer survivors did not get one or more needed medical services because they could not afford to.

Key findings from a study in Cancer examined surveys from over 6,000 cancer survivors:

  • Almost 8 percent of the cancer survivors in the survey said they had put off medical care because of money problems.
  • 10 percent reported that they had to forgo filling prescriptions.
  • Cancer survivors younger than 65 were more likely to have put off care because of cost concerns.

The study suggests that not only the uninsured are struggling with medical bills.

(Sources: Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, http://kaiserhealthnews.org, June 14, 2010; Cancer, June 14, 2010)