Lung cancer UK price tag eclipses the cost of any other cancer

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.


 

Posted: Sunday 19 May 2013

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