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Nov 26, 2005

Does Prostate Cancer Affect Employment?

Does Prostate Cancer Affect Employment?
A new study published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute is answering just this question. The study comes from Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and it shows that men with prostate cancer were 10 percent less likely to be working six months after their cancer diagnosis than men without the disease, but that after 12 months, the gap in employment status closed.

This study is the first of its kind to examine the impact of prostate cancer on the employment status of men, shedding new light on how the physical effects of this cancer and its treatment may affect their livelihoods.

Now a little secret: about two-thirds of the patients who were still working said that they continued to work out of fear of losing health insurance coverage. (The insurance companies did not hear that.....)

"The fear of losing health insurance may have encouraged some patients who otherwise would have quit or retired to keep working," said Cathy J. Bradley, Ph.D., a health economist for the VCU Massey Cancer Center. "We saw an unemployment disparity among older, less-educated men."

Additionally, those still working decreased their weekly work hours by about four hours, and 43 percent of them said they were not able to work at their former capacity due to cancer treatment-related symptoms.

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Prostate cancer
The prostate gland is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum in male. The tube that carries urine runs through the prostate. The prostate contains cells that make some of the seminal fluid. This fluid protects and nourishes the sperm. Prostate cancer usually starts in the gland cells of the prostate. This kind of cancer is known as adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer is usually a slow disease, but sometimes it can grow fast and spread quickly to other organs.

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