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Cancer Deaths Cost Over $94 Billion in Lost Earnings in 2015

Key clinical point: Better prevention and access to care could significantly reduce the burden of cancer.

Major finding: Cancer deaths led to 8.7 million years of lost life and $94.4 billion in lost earnings in 2015.

Study details: Data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau covered individuals aged 16-84 years.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the American Cancer Society, of which all of the investigators are employees.


Islami F et al. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Jul 3. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.1460.