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According to research carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support published this week, the financial impact of cancer can cost more than having a child.
Macmillan looked at lost income and extra outgoings as a result of having a diagnosis of cancer, such as travel to hospital appointments. When these costs are taken into account, it amounts to an average annual cost of £5,380, £1,500 more than the average annual costs of raising a child.
As a result, Macmillan is calling on the Government to introduce a legal duty of care for vulnerable cancer patients.