The High Cost of Breast Cancer
- 13% of all cancer treatment costs in the United States are for breast cancer.
- Breast cancer has the highest TOTAL treatment cost of any cancer., in part because it is so frequently diagnosed.
- The amount that patients pay for breast cancer care can vary widely depending on insurance coverage. A typical woman with employer-sponsored coverage who is diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer can expect to pay $5,800 out of pocket, including premiums.
- On average, cancer survivors have annual losses in work productivity (due to missed work days and employment disability) that are more than $1,000 higher compared to people without a cancer history. Some cancer survivors are not able to return to work, while others report not being able to perform all tasks because of illness or distress.
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention