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Being Young and Uninsured

One of the more talked about concerns for those who have recently been diagnosed with cancer, are battling cancer, or taking care of someone battling cancer is how to pay for cancer treatments. As insurance costs go up and more and more people can’t afford insurance, the concern becomes even more prevalent for adolescents and young adults who don’t have insurance.

Adolescents and young adults, between the ages of 15 to 39, who do not have health insurance, are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer after it has spread to other parts of the body – when it is more deadly and harder to treat.

According to a study by the American Cancer Society, researchers found that among the males in this group, the uninsured were one and one-half times more likely than the privately insured to be diagnosed with cancer that had spread. The outcome was worse for uninsured females, who were nearly twice as likely as their privately insured counterparts to get a distant-stage cancer diagnosis.

The link between a lack of insurance and getting a distant-stage diagnosis was stronger for cancers that often can be found during routine medical visits because they may cause noticeable symptoms. Researchers point out that only works if patients receive regular care and have providers who know their medical history.

For more information about the American Cancer Society study, click here.

Other helpful links:

Health Insurance Options for the Uninsured

Finding and Paying for Treatment

Also visit our Online Cancer Resources page for more helpful links.