Right on trend with all health spending, cancer costs double


May 10, 2010

USA Today

The cost of treating cancer has doubled over the past 20 years, but those costs are in line with overall trends in health spending. And while more people are getting cancer as the U.S. population ages, treatment has shifted away from hospitals to outpatient settings, finds a study in Monday's edition of the journal Cancer.

In 1987, the total cost of cancer treatment in the United States was $24.7 billion (in 2007 dollars), compared with $48.1 billion a year during 2001-2005. The cost of cancer treatments as a percentage of overall medical treatment has stayed steady at about 5% over the past 20 years... read more