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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 23/30, 2019

Surviving Cancer Costs

JAMA. 2019;322(4):297. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9666

One in 4 cancer survivors struggles to pay medical bills and 1 in 3 worries about medical bills, according to a CDC report.

The population of cancer survivors is projected to exceed 16 million people in 2019 and is expected to continue growing over the next decade. This is thanks in part to improved yet increasingly costly treatments. To understand the financial impact of these treatments on survivors aged 18 to 64 years, the authors of the new report analyzed data from the 2011–2016 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. They found that average out-of-pocket medical expenses for a cancer survivor are $1000 per year, substantially higher than the $622 for a person in this age group without a history of cancer.