U.S. Cancer Costs in 2020: Up to $207 Billion

A new study predicts how much more the U.S. can expect to spend on cancer care a decade from now. The cost will increase by 27 percent between 2010 and 2020 just as a result of the aging population, the study showed. But that doesn't take into account any increase in cancer rates or in the cost of treatment.

If cancer costs rise by 5 percent a year, this would raise cancer spending by 66 percent in 2020, up to $207 billion a year.

Live Science reports:

"... [E]fforts to reduce smoking rates and fight obesity could reduce cancer costs by preventing cancer in the first place."

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