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Significant decrease in parents’ income following childhood cancer diagnosis

Childhood cancer adversely affects parents’ income and employment years after the child’s diagnosis, say researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet. 
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Childhood cancer adversely affects parents’ income and employment years after the child’s diagnosis, say researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet.

To investigate the short and long-term effects of childhood cancer on parents’ income and employment status, the researchers studied 3,626 parents of 1,899 children diagnosed with cancer between 2004-2009 in Sweden. They were compared with a matched control group of 34,874 parents from the general Swedish population.

The researchers found that parents’ income from employment decreased significantly following a child’s cancer diagnosis. Overall, there was a 21% reduction in the mother’s earnings and a 10% reduction in the father’s earnings for the year of diagnosis compared to the control group.

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