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Financial impacts of breast cancer in Australia

Identifying out of pocket costs

More Australians than ever are being diagnosed with breast cancer. In a report for Breast Cancer Network Australia, Deloitte Access Economics has estimated the financial impact of breast cancer on the women diagnosed and their families.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australia. In 2016, 15,934 females and 150 males are estimated to receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. Since 1983 there has been an increase in both the incidence of breast cancer and survival rates. As a result, there are more people than ever before living in Australia who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Deloitte Access Economics was engaged by Breast Cancer Network Australia to undertake a project to estimate the financial impact of breast cancer on women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families living in Australia. The project involved desktop research and a survey of Australians with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

The report provides a summary of the findings from the research and survey. Specifically, it reports the survey findings on out-of-pocket and indirect financial costs (such as loss of income) which may be faced by women diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. The report provides evidence indicating that the financial impact of breast cancer for most Australians can be significant.

Published: September 2017

Financial impacts of breast cancer in Australia
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