Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer. In contrast to those younger and older, survival rates for young adults have not increased since 1975. To discuss the burden of Young Adults with Cancer we are observing the National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week April 3-9.
No, this isn’t a chant for the great city of Buffalo, it’s one of the top concerns for people affected by cancer. As this is National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, we’d like to address how medical bills can affect a young person’s life. When you are a young adult that has just finished college and are out on your own, you have a job, a 400 square foot efficiency and are thinking more about what to do with your friends than thinking about a financial travesty like medical bills. Who could blame you? But when you are diagnosed with cancer it becomes very clear that finding the money to pay the doctors bills, pathology bills and medications can consume all the money you have and much more.
Below is a great video of young adults talking about their experiences with medical bills and how they managed during and after treatment. If you have questions about your medical debt and need someone to help you make sense of it all, contact LIVESTRONG. We have specialists on staff that are experts in getting those in and out of treatment access to care, help you with debt and finding ways to get your medications. Please call 1-855-220-7777. We’re open 9-5pm CST. You can also email through our site www.livestrong.org/gethelp.