While cancer has an obvious emotional cost -- experts say it also affects the economy.
Researchers estimate cancer deaths cost the U.S. over $115 billion in lost productivity in 2000.
They expect that number to jump to 147 billion in 2020.
When they included the value of housekeeping and caregiving the cost of cancer jumped to $232 billion in 2000, and $308 billion for 2020.
Experts hope employers can use this information when assessing the costs of employee benefits and encourage them to invest in cancer prevention programs.