Right on trend with all health spending, cancer costs double
May 10, 2010
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
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