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This is how much a cancer diagnosis will cost you -- in lost income

This is how much a cancer diagnosis will cost you -- in lost income

Health isn’t the only thing that declines after a cancer diagnosis — a patient’s income is likely to plummet as well, according to a new study.

In the second year after being diagnosed with cancer, survivors were earning up to 40% less than they had been before they became sick, on average. Even in the fifth year after diagnosis, annual earnings still had not recovered to their precancer levels, researchers reported this week in the journal Cancer.

Family members helped fill that gap, the researchers reported....

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