Living in Pink: The Financial Challenges of Breast Cancer

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  • 1. Living in Pink The Financial Challenges of Breast Cancer By: Kaitlyn Jaeger
  • 2. 1in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime American Cancer Society
  • 3. Out of those women diagnosed with breast cancer, 40% will have trouble paying health care costs EverydayHealth.com
  • 4. Why?
  • 5. Breast Cancer Is Expensive $$$In 2006, the American public paid$104.1 Billion with the majority of that money going toward breast cancer treatment EDailyFinance.com
  • 6. For individual patients, the cost for breast cancer treatment varies, but the overall cost can top $300,000 or more for severe cases EverydayHealth.com
  • 7. This doesn’t include out-of-pocket costs like: Transportation Costs Child Care Nutrition Costs Time Off from Work Cosmetic Costs EverydayHealth.com
  • 8. These additional expenses may cost more than $$$ $1,500 per month ChecktheBreast.com
  • 9. Cutting PrescriptionsBecause of the high costsassociated with Not Going to the Doctorbreast cancer, patients are: Not Receiving Preventive ServicesEverydayHealth.com
  • 10. Whether you have insurance or not, breast cancer is expensive, but there are ways you can lower your costs.
  • 11. How?
  • 12. Develop a Budget Make a list of your monthly expenses Try to find areas that you can cut back and determine areas you’ll need help financially BreastCancer.org
  • 13. Talk to Your Doctor Your doctor is an excellent resource for financial assistance. He or she may be able to help you: Set up a payment plan Obtain funding through the hospital Find local organizations that offer financial assistance Find out if you are eligible for any clincial trials BreastCancer.org
  • 14. Seek Out Local Agencies and Nonprofits Throughout the United States, there are government agencies and nonprofit organizations that offer financial assistance to those affected by breast cancer. Do a simple online search and see what organizations are located in your area. They may be able to help you find the assistance and support you need. ChecktheBreast.com
  • 15. ReferencesAmerican Cancer Society (2012). The cost of cancer treatment. Retrieved from http://www.can cer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/managinginsur anceissues/the-cost-of-cancer-treatmentBreastCancer.org (2012). Retrieved from http://www.breastcancer.org/tipsCheck the Breast (2012). How much does breast cancer treatment cost? Retrieved from http://www. checkthebreast.com/faq-breast-cancer/how-much-does-breast-cancer-treatment-cost.htmlNance-Nash, S. (2011). Breast cancer’s financial toll: The high cost of fighting for your life. Retrieved from http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/10/05/breast-cancers-finan cial-toll-the-high-cost-of-fighting-for-yo/Vann, M. (2010). Coping with the cost of breast cancer. Retrieved from http://www.everyday health.com/breast-cancer-/coping-with-the-cost-of-breast-cancer.aspx