After Kelly Preston’s breast cancer death, a reminder of the disease’s financial toll

About 1,400 women die from breast cancer every day around the world

Actress Kelly Preston’s death at age 57 from breast cancer is a reminder that this common cancer takes many lives too soon — and, unfortunately, getting treatment can be a financial obstacle for many.

Preston was known for roles in films including “Jerry Maguire” and 1988’s “Twins.” She was married to actor John Travolta and died after living with the disease for two years. The couple had two children, Ella Bleu and Benjamin, as well as a son, Jett, who died at age 16 in 2009, the Associated Press reported.

“I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you,” Ella Travolta wrote in a tribute to her mom on Instagram.

Preston is one of an estimated 42,170 women in the U.S. who will die from breast cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. The disease is the most common type of cancer in U.S. women after skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

The Financial Side Effects of Cancer

Financial Toxicity

Financial-Toxicity

130% increase in financial difficulties for patients in active treatment

Job Loss

Breast Cancer Stats

Between 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer will lose their jobs

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcies

10M will be unable to pay for rent, food & utilities because of medical bills

Impact on Savings

Impact on Savings

76% of full time workers nationwide live paycheck to paycheck

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