Lung cancer UK price tag eclipses the cost of any other cancer
Smoking dominates the healthcare spending in the UK (and everywhere else) so the less people smoke, the more money there is for genuine sickness and research.
Total costs for UK cancer treatment:
- £15.8 BILLION POUNDS
- This is £90 per person in the UK population
- Each lung cancer patient costs the UK healthcare system £9,071 annually
- Each bowel cancer patient costs the UK healthcare system £2,756 annually
- Each prostate cancer patient costs the UK healthcare system £1,584 annually
- Each breast cancer patient costs the UK healthcare system £1,076 annually
- Each year in the UK 41,500 people are diagnosed with lung cancer
- Each year nearly 35,000 Britons die from lung cancer
- Around 157,000 children aged 11-15 start smoking in the UK each year
- This is enough to fill over 5,000 classrooms
- 86% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking
Study by Dr Jose Leal from the University of Oxford “The economic burden of lung cancer across the European Union” as presented at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Liverpool on November 7, 2012.