29 June 2010

More Than 1.5 Million Cancer Survivors Have Kids Under 18

Findings may lead to greater assistance for patients and families, researchers say

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The researchers analyzed data from 13,385 adult cancer survivors who took part in the United States National Health Interview Survey between 2000 and 2007. They found that about 18 percent of newly diagnosed cancer survivors and 14 percent of all U.S. cancer survivors live with one or more of their minor children. The percentages mean that there are about 1.58 million adult cancer survivors living with 2.85 million children under age 18. An estimated 562,000 minor children are living with a parent in the early phases of cancer treatment and recovery.


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