Cancer Costs Nearly Doubled In 20 Years

A surprising new study finds that the cost of treating cancer in the United States nearly doubled over the past two decades. But expensive cancer drugs may not be the main reason why.

The study found that rising costs may have been driven more by the growing number of cancer patients than by factors like the price of treatments. Researcher found that cancer accounts for only 5 percent of total U.S. medical costs, something that hasn't changed in 20 years.

The total cost of cancer treatments rose from nearly $25 billion in 1987 to more than $48 billion by the end of 2005. The study is being published in Cancer, a medical journal of the American Cancer Society.


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  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    we cured polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis, malaria, yellow fever, and hosts of other diseases back when this country cared about its citizens.
  • by Kevin on May 10, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    All commenters on this post appear to wear foil hats to bed and know the truth about the 100mpg car that big oil has squashed. There are plently of cereal box residents around.
  • by me Location: williamston on May 10, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    Chee,I wonder why? actually i do know why.When are people going to see through all this? We can go to the moon,create the internet,build plasma tv,s supercharged cars,ships,slyscrapers,spacestations,cellphones,and on and on but cant find a cure for cancer? or do they really want to? If they did can you emagine how much money they would lose through fundraisers every year all over the country? numbers you and i cant imagine.
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    I heard that on T.V. one Health specialist was interviewing a doctor in California that wanted to bring a cure for cancer to the american cancer society and they gave him the brush off and told him if they found the cure he would lose his job.This(sad to say) is true for him and all the medical field in cancer.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on May 10, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    Who cares. Under Obama, it's going to be free.
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2010 at 04:12 AM
    with all the money to be made treating cancer and all the jobs it provides. Does anyone really think they want to find a cure? Look at all the money that the hospitals, treatment centers and drug companies would loose not to mention the jobs if a cure was found.
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