Scary Stat

November 11, 2009

According to Medical News Today, a woman is 6 times more likely to be separated or divorced soon after a cancer or MS diagnosis. The study found:

The rate when the woman was the patient was 20.8 percent compared to 2.9 percent when the man was the patient.

Why? To quote:

(men leaving) a sick spouse can be partly explained by their lack of ability, compared to women, to make more rapid commitments to being caregivers to a sick partner and women’s better ability to assume the burdens of maintaining a home and family, the study authors said.

Good news is, the study found the longer the marriage the more likely the man was to stay.

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