A new study by Penn State researchers says that cancer survivors, including those who were diagnosed with the disease two to six years back, are less likely to be employed, and they work fewer hours.
"The finding is significant when you consider that there are nearly 12 million cancer survivors living in the United States," said John Moran, assistant professor of health policy and administration, who led the study.
The researchers compared 674 cancer survivors from the Penn State Cancer Survivor Survey between 28 and 54 years of age who were working at the time of diagnosis to 4,141 workers without a history of cancer from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.
They found that employment rates among cancer survivors were 8 to 9 percent lower than among similarly aged individuals and that cancer survivors worked three to six hours per week less, a 10 to 12 percent reduction relative to other prime-age adults.
The study was recently published in the Journal of Health Economics.