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.
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.
More top news
The number of children having private tutoring has increased by more than a third in the last decade, according to a charity.
Girls should swap dolls for toys such as Lego and Meccano to get them more interested in science and engineering, top scientist claims.
A mother feared to have been planning to travel to Syria with her four children has been arrested after returning to the UK.