Jar with coins Forty-five percent of those who have had medical debt have delayed or avoided medical care for serious issues as a result.

Cancer can take a heavy toll not only on the physical health of patients but also their finances. Majorities of patients and survivors say they were unprepared for what the cost of their care would be, and most report making major changes to their lifestyle or finances as a result, according to a recent survey by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Women, younger respondents and those with lower household incomes are significantly more likely than others to say they felt unprepared for the costs. Those living in Medicaid expansion states are almost twice as likely as those in states that have not expanded Medicaid to say they felt very prepared for the costs.

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