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Kate Sheridan - February 2017
According to a study published in Health Affairs, between 20 to 30 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer will lose their jobs, which endangers not only their financial security, but their insurance coverage as well. However, it was found that this risk is heavily biased. Poor women are four times more likely to be jobless by the end of treatment than their better-off peers.
The reason found for this discrepancy is the difference in workplace accommodations that are customarily offered to employees working well-paid, salaried positions, versus those in lower-paying jobs.Lead researcher, Dr. Victoria Blinder, also notes that aside from the financial security a job provides, it's also central to many people's psychological health.
"For a lot of people across income levels, there's just a sense of engagement in society that comes along with working. There's a sense of psychological well-being" states Blinder.
For more on the findings of the study, click here.
Original source: www.statnews.com