Published on July 15, 2022
Updated on August 30, 2022
THURSDAY, July 14 (U.S. News & World Report) — Not having health insurance can be deadly if cancer strikes: a new study shows that people without it are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers and face lower survival rates than their insured peers.
The difference particularly marked for six cancers — prostate, colon, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, oral cavity, liver and esophagus — where uninsured individuals diagnosed with stage 1 disease fared worse than insured people diagnosed with stage 2 disease.
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