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The Human and Economic Burden of Cancer

In 2007, 1,444,920 Americans were diagnosed with cancer, and almost 560,000 died from the disease. Billions of dollars are spent on healthcare costs each year by individuals, the health care industry, and federal, state, and local governments. Not only does cancer take a financial toll on one's life; it often has emotional and physical costs as well. Cancer affects everyone involved from the patient to family members, friends, and coworkers.
Key Facts About the Burden of Cancer
This slide set contains graphs of key statistics demonstrating the burden of cancer in the U.S.

The Cost of Cancer
Estimates of cancer treatment costs in the U.S. for selected years between 1963 and 2004.

Person-Years of Life Lost
Explains a way of looking at how many more years of life a person may have had if he or she did not die of cancer.

Economics of Cancer & Cancer Trials
Resources from the Health Services and Economics Branch of NCI that examine the costs of cancer and cancer clinical trials.

Cancer Statistics
Information from the National Cancer Institute on cancer statistics. Includes reports of cancer rates and trends, a statistics glossary, and data tools.

Cancer Mortality Maps & Graphs
Interactive maps, graphs, text, tables, and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of cancer death rates for the time period 1950-1994 for more than 40 cancers.

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