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.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.