The economic burden of cancer extends beyond diagnosis and treatment, and survivors face thousands of dollars of excess medical expenses every year, a new study concludes.
The study from the American Cancer Society concludes that cancer survivors face thousands of dollars of excess medical expenses every year as well as excess employment disability and loss of production at work.
Researchers found the total annual economic burden per nonelderly cancer survivor was $20,238 for colorectal, $14,202 for breast, and $9,278 for prostate cancer. Elderly cancer survivors also bear significant total economic burden (colorectal: $18,860; breast: $14,351; prostate: $16,851).
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