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Aug 17, 2010 6:30 PM by Jamie Patrick

Cancer is leading economic killer

American Cancer Society researchers say that cancer is now the
world's leading economic killer as well as its likely top cause of
death.

Their new report says that cancer costs more in productivity and
lost life than AIDS, tuberculosis or other infectious diseases.
Cancer's economic impact was $895 billion in 2008, not counting the
cost of treating the disease.

The cancer society wants more money spent on chronic diseases.
Besides cancer, those include heart disease and diabetes. The World
Health Organization has predicted that cancer will pass heart
disease this year as the leading cause of death.

The new cancer society report will be presented at a global
cancer conference in China on Thursday.

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