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The Real Costs of Cancer (Infographic)

Cancer isn't really an equal opportunity disease. It is the second-biggest killer of Americans (after heart disease), but your gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic level, and more have a big impact on whether you get cancer, when you develop it, and what your chance of survival is.

In this series TakePart takes a look at specific groups of people who bear an extraordinary burden when it comes to cancer: These are the Americans who are paying a very high price and who live with the real "costs" (financial, physical, mental and emotional) of the disease, as well as those beyond our borders who suffer greatly. In fact, cancer takes its biggest global toll in low- and middle-income countries, where 60 percent of cancer deaths take place.

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