Breast cancer patients and survivors know that a diagnosis not only has emotional consequences, it's a strain on a family's finances as well. All too often insurances fail to cover the entire cost of treatment, and hefty co-pays and medications add up.
Now, it looks like a group of Canadian women have recognized this and are doing their best to help breast cancer patients in need.
According to CBC News, the Canadian Breast Cancer Network recently commissioned a report which proved that scores of breast cancer patients need a financial boost.
"There are large inconsistencies in health coverage across provinces and territories, especially in the areas of cancer drugs, coverage, supplies and prosthetics," the group's president, Cathy Ammendolea, told the news outlet.
The organization is lobbying for better insurance benefits for breast cancer patients, as well as full coverage for medications and medical equipment.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.