October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but what many people aren't aware of is the financial cost of a diagnosis.
Catey Hill, editor at personal finance website Moneyish said breast cancer is one of the most expensive out of pocket diseases to treat.
"About 15 percent of people end up paying $10,000 or more out of pocket-and these are people with insurance."
The findings were released in September by the Pink Fund, an organization which provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients. The fund polled over 1,000 breast cancer patients and survivors.
Actor Julia Louis Dreyfus shed light on the crippling cost of cancer, and advocated for universal health care when she announced her breast cancer diagnosis last month.
"We tend to talk more about health and the emotional aspects of cancer, which are very important, but the financial toll is up there, and creates a lot of stress for people," Hill said. "People go into debt, people declare bankruptcy over medical status-these are really serious issues. "
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