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Sickness Absence and Disability Pension for Women After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Women first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 saw a significant sickness absence and disability pension increase, which eventually decreased over time, according to a recent study published in Cancer.

The study identified three separate trajectories for sickness absence and disability pension for women included in the population, including increasing only in the first year postdiagnosis (61% of all), increasing then decreasing in the first year postdiagnosis (30%), and constantly very high (9%).

“The group-based trajectory model enabled us to identify [sickness absence/disability pension] trajectories in women with breast cancer over time, both pre- and post-diagnostically,” wrote the researchers. “Our findings showed that more than 60% of the women with a [breast cancer] diagnosis gradually returned to their pre-diagnostic [sickness absence/disability pension] levels of…

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