A new study led by a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researcher revealed that 18% of U.S. cancer survivors, which represents more than 2 million individuals, did not get one or more needed medical services because of financial concerns.
Cancer survivors under the age of 65 were one-and-a-half to two times more likely to delay or forgo all types of medical care than their same-age peers without a history of cancer.
The investigators analyzed information from the annual U.S. National Health Interview Survey 2003 to 2006. Data from 6,602 adult cancer survivors and 104,364 individuals with no history of cancer were included.
The analysis showed that among cancer survivors, the prevalence of forgoing care in the past year due to concerns about cost was 7.8% for medical care, 9.9% for prescription medications, 11.3% for dental care and 2.7% for mental healthcare. Hispanic and black cancer survivors were more likely to go without prescription medications and dental care than white survivors.
The study was published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.