Cancer Deaths Resulted In Almost $100 Billion In Lost Earnings

David Rancken
July 12, 2019 - 9:55 am



DALLAS (KRLD) - Cancer is still the second leading cause of death in this country, right behind heart disease.

We hear about the medical costs of fighting cancer, but there are other lost costs as well. Cancer rates may be falling, but that disease still takes hundreds of thousands of lives every year.

That's a fact of life. But what they lost in their earning potential is staggering. 

Andy Keshner from Marketwatch says those victims could have earned $94.4 billion over the course of their lives, if they hadn't died from cancer.

The American Cancer Society also estimated that the half million people that died from cancer could have had 8 and a half million years of life combined. It also say almost half the cancer deaths could have been prevented, if people quit smoking, watch their diets, and got more physically fit. 

The American Cancer Society says this year's cancer death toll will be higher.