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Some 10% of Italian breast cancer victims lose their jobs

Report by volunteer association presented in Senate

Some 10% of Italian breast cancer victims lose their jobs

Rome, May 16 - About 10% of women who suffer from breast cancer lose their jobs, either as the result of being fired or for other causes, according to data published in a report released on Thursday to the Italian Senate by the country's FAVO volunteer federation to mark International Cancer Victim's Day. Many women go on to have professional problems as a result of the illness, the report said. Some 3.4% of those interviewed as part of the study said they had been fired, while 6.2% said they had been either obliged to resign or to close down their work practice if they were operating a their own business. Over 42% were forced, by the illness and by the treatments taken to cure it, to take time off work, compared to 32.1% polled in the case of general illnesses. Some 33.1% said their professional results had dropped during the course of the illness, while 16% had to set aside career ambitions, compared to 6.2% in the case of general illnesses. About 12% had to request part-time or other reduced work hours, compared to 4.3% in the case of general illnesses.

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