Having cancer is bad enough. And the lifetime consequences have been well-documented — a higher risk of other cancers, heart disease and general weakness from the treatment.
Now a new federal study shows there's a financial burden too — on average, $4,000 a year for men and $3,000 for women over and above what people who haven't had cancer spend.
And that's just direct medical costs. Cancer survivors also have thousands in lost productivity, from having to cut work hours or even quit their jobs, the report finds.
With more than 13 million cancer survivors in the U.S. now, that's a lot of money.
"Cancer survivors face physical, emotional, psychosocial, employment and financial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment," said Donatus Ekwueme, a senior health economist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who worked on the report.