March 4, 2021

Cancer cost the United States 8.7 million years of life in 2015

Cancer was a reduction of 8.7 million years of life and a cost of 94,000 million dollars in the United States in 2015, according to a calculation made by researchers presented on Wednesday.

The report prepared by the American Society against Cancer (ACS) found that 492,146 people between 16 and 84 years of age died in the country in that year because of cancer.

However, with prevention, examinations and treatments, these figures can be reduced, according to Farhad Islami, director of the study.

"Years of life lost and economic costs were very high for different types of cancer for which there are modifiable risk factors and effective examinations and treatments, which suggests that a substantial proportion of our current national mortality is potentially avoidable," he said. Islami

Noting that cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US the analysis estimated that by 2019 it is expected that more than 606,000 people will die from this disease.

The research calculated the years of life lost for each person who died early and the earnings they would have received for their years of work if they had not died of cancer.

"The general losses of income were 94,400 million dollars, the equivalent (on average) to 29 million dollars for every 100,000 inhabitants," the report said.

The loss of income varied significantly according to the different states of the country, registering a minimum of 19.6 million (per 100,000 inhabitants) in Utah to a maximum of 35.3 million in Kentucky.

The study estimated that if all the states in the country had submitted records such as those in Utah, the country's economic losses would have decreased by 29.3% in 2015.

"Making comprehensive interventions for cancer prevention and ensuring equal access to high quality treatment across all states can reduce the economic burden of cancer in the country," Islami concluded.

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