Factors Related to Employment Situation among Korean Cancer Survivors: Results from a Population-Based Study

Document Type : Research Articles


College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea.


Background: Due to the increased incidence and survival rate of cancer, the number of cancer survivors has been
increasing. In addition, many problems have been reported regarding the employment of these survivors. Therefore,
this study aims to investigate the employment situation of cancer survivors and associated factors. Methods: We
analyzed data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2010-2014), which is a nationwide
cross-sectional health survey, and included a total of 1,060 participants who were diagnosed with cancer. Multivariate
logistic regression analysis was conducted to investigate the factors associated with the participants’ employment
situation. Results: The employment rate among cancer survivors was 42.0%. The variables found to be associated with
being employed were male gender, younger age, higher household income level, educational level at middle school
level or under, and not having activity limitations. Conclusion: These findings suggest that, in addition to cancerrelated
factors, general characteristics such as gender, age, household income, and education level are important factors
associated with the employment status of Korean cancer survivors.


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