Living in Pink: The Financial Challenges of Breast Cancer


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Living in Pink: The Financial Challenges of Breast Cancer

  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
  4. Why?
  5. Breast Cancer Is Expensive $$$In 2006, the American public paid$104.1 Billion with the majority of that money going toward breast cancer treatment
  6. For individual patients, the cost for breast cancer treatment varies, but the overall cost can top $300,000 or more for severe cases
  7. This doesn’t include out-of-pocket costs like: Transportation Costs Child Care Nutrition Costs Time Off from Work Cosmetic Costs
  8. These additional expenses may cost more than $$$ $1,500 per month
  9. Cutting PrescriptionsBecause of the high costsassociated with Not Going to the Doctorbreast cancer, patients are: Not Receiving Preventive
  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
  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
  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.
  15. ReferencesAmerican Cancer Society (2012). The cost of cancer treatment. Retrieved from http://www.can anceissues/ (2012). Retrieved from the Breast (2012). How much does breast cancer treatment cost? Retrieved from http://www., S. (2011). Breast cancer’s financial toll: The high cost of fighting for your life. Retrieved from cial-toll-the-high-cost-of-fighting-for-yo/Vann, M. (2010). Coping with the cost of breast cancer. Retrieved from http://www.everyday