Silver Book Fact

There are 3 million more cancer survivors today than there were a decade ago.

The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer. Working Paper No. 10328 Web site. http://www.nber.org/papers/w10328. Published Feb. 2004

Reference

Title
The Expanding Pharmaceutical Arsenal in the War on Cancer
Publication
Working Paper No. 10328
Publisher
National Bureau of Economic Research
Publication Date
Published Feb. 2004
Authors
Lichtenberg, Frank R
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value

Related Facts

  • If the 1 million surgical breast biopsies performed annually were instead performed using image-guided needle core biopsy, the total savings could be $1.6 billion a year.  
  • A modest 1% reduction in cancer mortality would be worth close to $500 billion. A cure for cancer (if one is feasible) would be worth around $50 trillion.  
  • The 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer, is 98%–an 18% increase since the 1950s.  
  • From 1975 to 1996, new cancer drugs increased life expectancy of cancer patients by about one year, at an estimated cost of $3,000—well below the estimated value of a statistical…  
  • Pathogens cause around two million cancer cases worldwide each year. Ninety percent of these cases are attributable to Helicobacter pylori (H Pylori), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV),…