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American Cancer Society warns that delay in diagnosis or treatment of cancer can financially harm the uninsured

Access to quality health care is urged by the American Cancer Society for all Americans. When cancer diagnosis or treatment is delayed, it can be fatal. This is felt even more so among the uninsured or under insured, whose life savings can be wiped out treating cancer.

According to the New York Times, 47 million Americans are without health insurance with millions more having only minimal or poor insurance. The American Cancer Society’s alert stems from the statistic that those suffering from breast, larynx and mouth cancers who are uninsured are more likely than the insured to have these cancers diagnosed at a late stage.

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