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Cost of Care for Elderly Cancer Patients in the United States

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    • In 2004, the U.S. spent about $72.1 billion in direct costs for cancer care.  
    • In 2003, about 10 million Americans were living with cancer.  
    • For elderly cancer patients, 5 year Medicare costs in 2004 were approximately $21.1 billion.  
    • The average 5 year costs of cancer vary depending on the type of cancer. In 2004, it cost $20,000 every 5 years for patients with breast cancer or melanoma–it cost…