Cancer patients who work and those with children fork out an average monthly cost twice as high as those who are not in work or who do not have any children, a Macmillan spokeswoman has said.
– Macmillan chief executive Ciaran Devane
This new research shows that cancer comes with a whopping price tag for many patients.
Combined with the current recession and with welfare cuts, the cost of the disease is hitting the most vulnerable hardest.
With the number of people living with cancer in the UK doubling from two to four million by 2030, this is a growing problem which cannot be ignored.
Cancer costs the equivalent of a second mortgage. We must act now to protect the financially vulnerable from having to foot the bill for their illness.
Researchers at the University of Bristol surveyed 1,600 UK cancer patients to examine the impact on their finances during treatment. They found:
- Travelling to hospital appointments costs two in three patients £170 a month.
- Patients face an additional cost of £37 a month for parking charges at hospitals.
- A third said their fuel bills increased by about £24 a month.
- 30% said they were losing around £860 a month in earnings because they are unable to work or had to cut down their hours.
Cancer sufferers are forced to pay an average bill of £570 a month through their treatment, researchers have found.
Macmillan Cancer Support said four out of five patients face the "whopping" amount, which is comparable to a monthly mortgage payment.
Researchers at University of Bristol found the diagnosis of cancer often led to raised fuel bills, repeated travel costs for hospital appointments and a loss of income.
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