Lung cancer cost ‘higher than price of any other cancer’

12 November

The cost of lung cancer to the UK is higher than that of any other cancer, and highlights the importance of stopping young people from becoming addicted to tobacco.

Oxford University research found that the total annual cost of all cancers to the UK is £15.8 billion.

Half of this cost is down to premature deaths and time off work, with healthcare costs and unpaid care to cancer patients from friends and family also costing a significant about.

Smoking is known to cause more than eight in ten cases of lung cancer in the UK.

The study, which was presented at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Liverpool, revealed that each individual with lung cancer costs the UK healthcare system £9,071 each year.

This is in comparison to £2,756 for bowel cancer, £1,584 for prostate and £1,076 for breast cancer survivors.

The study’s author Dr Jose Leal, commented: “Lung cancer costs more than any other cancer – mainly because of potential wage losses due to premature deaths from people in employment - about 60 per cent of the total economic costs – and high health care costs.”

He added that almost a quarter of lung cancer deaths occur before retirement.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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