Breast Cancer Survivors Face High Unemployment, Says Study

Another obstacle to be overcome.

TIME

Breast cancer survivors face another major obstacle even after overcoming the disease, according to a new study: finding work.

According to a study published online in the journal Cancer, 30% of women who had jobs at the time of their diagnosis found themselves unemployed four years later. Those who underwent chemotherapy were 1.4 times more likely to be unemployed.

Half of the women said they still wanted to work, and 39% said they were seeking jobs. The study, conducted by the University of Michigan Health System, surveyed 2290 women shortly after they were diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer. A total of 1536 of them filled out the follow-up questionnaire four years later.

The researchers who conducted the study urged patients to understand the long-term costs of chemotherapy—such as cognitive issues that can affect job performance—and to avoid the treatment if the potential benefits were low. “Many clinicians believe that…

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There’s Even a Gender Pay Gap For Kids’ Allowances

What we learn as children stays with us throughout life.

TIME

The pay gap between the sexes begins early—very early. Research gathered by ThinkProgress suggests young girls are doing more chores for less pay.

Girls are doing two more hours worth of chores than boys are, while boys are spending twice as much time playing than girls do, according to a study from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. And yet, boys are 15 percent more likely to get paid for doing the chores they do take on. Another new survey from Junior Achievement USA and the Allstate Foundation points to the same trend: 70 percent of boys get an allowance, compared to only 60 percent of girls.

The most damning survey comes from Westpac, which found that boys earned an average of $48 for spending 2.1 hours on chores per week, while girls only got $45 for working for 2.7 hours on household jobs.

Before we dismiss…

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