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J Health Econ. 2005 Jan;24(1):137-60.

Short-term effects of breast cancer on labor market attachment: results from a longitudinal study.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, B412 Clinical Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.


In this longitudinal study, we examine the consequences of breast cancer for women's labor market attachment for the 6-month period following diagnosis. Women with breast cancer, with the exception of those having in situ cancer, were less likely to work 6 months following diagnosis relative to a control sample of women drawn from the Current Population Survey. Breast cancer's non-employment effect appears to be twice as large for African-American women. Women with breast cancer who remained working worked fewer hours than women in the control group.

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