The Cost of Cancer
Cancer treatment spending has risen but remains stable in proportion to total U.S. treatment spending.
The financial costs of cancer treatment are a burden to people diagnosed with cancer, their families, and society as a whole. Cancer treatment accounted for about $72.0 billion in 2004. This is just under 5 percent of total U.S. spending for medical treatment. The additional economic burden of cancer due to morbidity and premature mortality is estimated to be $120.4 billion resulting in a total economic burden of cancer in 2004 of $192.4 billion.
|Year ||Amount ($ in millions) || Percent of All Health
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NHLBI Fact Book - 2003. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda. Estimates by NHLBI; data from NCHS, HCFA, the Bureau of the Census, and the Institute for Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco.