Cancer patients without insurance have lower survival rates than patients who are insured, according to an article in the October 13 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined the Kentucky Cancer Registry to determine cancer survival and health insurance status for prostate, breast, colorectal, and lung cancer.
They found the following three-year survival rates for patients:
- Prostate cancer: 98% for the insured and 83% for the uninsured.
- Breast cancer: 91% for the insured, and 78% for the uninsured.
- Colorectal cancer: 71% for the insured and 53% for the uninsured.
- Lung cancer, 23% for the insured and 13% for the uninsured.