Economic Burden  of Cancer

Economic Burden of Cancer

Annually, the direct and indirect medical costs associated with different kinds of cancers amounts to $2.8 billion (100,000 billion rials), said Dr Mohammad Motlaq, head of the Cancer Prevention Office at the Health Ministry. “The economic burden of cancer in Iran is expected to increase significantly in the future due to the expected growth and aging of the population and improvement in patients’ survival rate,” salamtnews.com quoted him as saying. Currently, more than 300,000 people suffer from cancer in the country and annually 90,000 new patients are diagnosed with the disease, he added.


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