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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 27, 2015

Upswing in Skin Cancer Costs

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JAMA. 2015;313(4):348. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17596

The cost of treating skin cancer outpaced treatment costs for all other cancers combined by 5-fold from 2002 to 2011, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.

The average annual treatment cost for skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, increased 126.2%, from $3.6 billion during 2002 to 2006 to $8.1 billion ($3.3 billion for melanoma and $4.8 billion for other skin cancers) during 2007 to 2011. During the same period, the average annual treatment cost for all other cancers increased by just 25.1%, from $63.7 billion to $79.7 billion (Guy GP et al. Am J Prev Med. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2014.08.036 [published online November 9, 2014]).

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