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Survey: Americans Are More Concerned About Paying For Cancer Instead of Dying From It

Survey: Americans more concerned about paying for cancer than dying from it

(CNN) -- Americans worry more about how to pay for cancer treatment than dying from the illness, a new survey found.

The survey, conducted by the nonprofit organization Community Oncology Alliance, found that fewer than half of Americans surveyed think their insurance plans would cover the full cost of cancer treatment.

Only 25 percent think Medicare would provide for the full cost of cancer treatment.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans surveyed said they were very concerned about paying for cancer treatment, while 68 percent said they were very concerned about dying from cancer.

The survey is important as the health care reform debate heats up in Washington, the alliance says. The group called on lawmakers to include cancer care in the discussion.

About 80 percent of Americans surveyed said a family member or friend had received a cancer diagnosis.

The results of the survey will be released at a news conference Wednesday morning in Washington.

The survey was conducted in late June, with 1,022 adults questioned by phone. The survey's sampling error was not disclosed in a Community Oncology Alliance statement.

President Barack Obama has urged Congress to pass a health care reform bill before year's end.

Supporters of a public plan, including Obama, say a government-administered insurance program would keep down costs. Critics say private insurers could not compete against a government program.

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