Economic Burden of Cancer
The economic burden of cancer is the economic cost to the nation associated
with expenditures on cancer preventive, screening and treatment services, the
economic cost associated with time and effort spent by patients and their
families undergoing cancer treatment and the economic cost associated with lost
productivity due to cancer-related disability and premature death. One approach
to estimating this burden is the Cost-of-Illness study, that uses various
national level data sources to obtain estimates of these various components. Our
on cost of illness lists publications that provide Cost-of-Illness
estimates for the aggregate (national), annual economic costs of cancer,
including costs which are related to direct medical expenditures, lost economic
activity due to morbidity and lost economic activity due to premature mortality.
These reports also tend to include all types of cancer. These studies may be
useful for ascertaining an aggregate, global picture of the economic burden of
cancer to the US on an annual basis.