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Breast Cancer & Your Genes

by Kimberly I. Muse and Jennifer K. Litton, MD

Breast cancer affects approximately 232,340 women per year. Most breast cancers have various contributing factors, such as age, reproductive and menstrual history, certain changes found in the breast tissue, hormonal factors, and family history. However, about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary.

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Cancer Support Community Launches Navigating Cancer Cost Toolkit

In a study conducted by the Cancer Support Community, more than 72 per­cent of people with cancer surveyed experienced some degree of emotional distress from managing cancer care costs. To help meet the needs of people affected by the financial burden of cancer care, the Cancer Support Com­munity has released the third edition of its book Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care.

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Can’t Work? Where to Turn for Help

by Dennis Liotta, Esq

Figure skating champion and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton once said, “You are going to go through a lot of stuff in your life, and you can look at it as debilitating, or you can look at it as a challenge.” Dealing with cancer arguably will be one of the hardest things you do in your life.

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Ready for Retirement?

by Carolyn Messner, DSW, MSW, ACSW, BCD,LCSW-R
and Enrique Silva, BS, M.Arch NCIDQ, LEED AP

For cancer survivors, the transition from working to retirement is full of challenges and opportunities. The average American retiring at age 65 can expect to spend 18 years in retirement. When planning for retirement, there are two important areas to consider: managing your finances and managing your time.

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Medical Bills Force Cancer Survivors to Skimp on Care and Necessities

by Duke Medicine News and Communications

Even when covered by health insurance, cancer patients face mounting out-of-pocket expenses that force some to avoid filling prescriptions, skip doctor appointments, and scale back on food and other necessities.

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Paying for Cancer Care

After maximizing your health insurance benefits and income options, most people affected by cancer still find unexpected expenses. Depending on your situation, you may have other options for income and financial assistance.

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by No Wooden Nickels staff

No Wooden Nickels provides financial assistance to low-income cancer patients who are in active treatment, helping them gain access to treatment and pay for parking, meals, and living expenses.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

by Rodney Warner, ESQ, and Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN

Cold weather, a slowing economy, and cancer. The first two come and go; the last is a constant. In this slow economy, more and more folks are losing their jobs and facing economic hardship. Cold weather and cancer treatment may lead to additional financial burdens. If there are limited resources, families may have to choose between heating, eating, and medicating.

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