The financial costs of cancer are high for both the person with cancer and for society as a whole.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimated the 2007 overall annual costs of cancer were as follows:

Total cost: $226.8 billion

Direct medical costs (total of all health expenditures): $103.8 billion

Indirect mortality costs (cost of lost productivity due to premature death): $123.0 billion

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