Millennial cancer survivors are going broke fighting to stay alive

Young adult cancer survivors are at higher risk for debt and work-related physical and mental impairment after their treatment, new research finds. For many survivors, getting cancer treatment has been a matter of life and debt.

When Beth Stebner was rocked by an ovarian cancer diagnosis just six months before her 2017 wedding, she was hit with a $130,000 hospital bill for emergency surgery on the grapefruit-sized tumor that had ruptured on her right ovary. While her medical resident fiance’s health insurance covered all but a few thousand dollars of that tab, what really hurt was Stebner missing work.

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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