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Cancer deaths cost the U.S. $94 billion in lost earnings in a single year

Cancer is estimated to have caused more than 600,000 deaths in 2015, inflicting a toll that extended far beyond personal losses to impose an enormous burden on the nation’s economy, according to a new analysis.

Cancer deaths that year — the most recent year for which certain data were available — collectively cut short 8.7 million years of life, a loss that translated to $94.4 billion in lost earnings, the study found.

Dr. Farhad Islami, scientific director of surveillance research at the American Cancer Society and a co-author of the study, said the figures highlight how important cancer prevention is not only for patients but also for the health of the U.S. economy.