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09 November 2012 09:10
Lung cancer costs the UK economy £2.4 billion a year, experts revealed at a conference
Experts have revealed lung cancer costs the economy £2.4 billion each year. The figure was presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool. Researchers say this is greater than the cost of any other cancer and underlines an "urgent" need to cut the numbers of teenagers taking up smoking.
In a new study, researchers at Oxford University worked out a figure of £15.8 billion as the total yearly cost of all cancers. Of this, £5.6 billion is for healthcare costs and £7.6 billion is covered by premature deaths and time off work. With so much to consider, sufferers planning a break might find some reassurance by ensuring they have specialist
travel insurance for cancer patients.
Research author, Dr Jose Leal, at the Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford, said: "Lung cancer costs more than any other cancer - mainly because of potential wage losses due to premature deaths from people in employment - about 60% of the total economic costs - and high healthcare costs."
24 February 2017
Heathrow airport has issued delay and cancellation warnings, after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph on its way to batter Britain.
23 February 2017
Bowel cancer could be cut by more than a third amid the development of a one-off screening test, new research suggests.
22 February 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people with a potentially fatal genetic blood condition have yet to be diagnosed with the condition, a charity is warning.
21 February 2017
New technology to provide detailed scans of patients could improve the recovery of people suffering with liver cancer, scientists have said.
18 February 2017
At least 10 Britons have been injured in a speedboat accident off the icy coast of Norway.
17 February 2017
Comedian David Baddiel is trying to highlight the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people in a new documentary.
16 February 2017
The public has spoken and the world's favourite cruises are being honoured by a top cruise review site.
15 February 2017
The collaborative #SkiSafe campaign has been relaunched in a bid to raise safety awareness among winter sports enthusiasts.
14 February 2017
A new "age defying" hormone could offer a breakthrough in preventing kidney and heart disease in people who suffer from diabetes.
11 February 2017
Patients needing new life-saving medication could have to wait two years after the UK leaves the EU, experts are warning.
10 February 2017
Families looking to take a cheap break in the upcoming half term are often sorely disappointed, however new research suggests Cyprus is the best destination for a well-priced trip.
09 February 2017
Europe remains the world's number one region as a travel destination - but tourism growth is slowing down, a travel industry report has said.