In the United States the cost of treating cancer has doubled within the last 20 years. But according to a new study, the rising cost of cancer treatments is not the reason. The study shows that cancer accounts for only five percent of the U.S. total medical costs which has not changed much in the last 30 years.
In other words, medical costs as a whole have doubled in the last 20 years. The rise in cost of cancer treatment appears to be caused by more people getting cancer.
We also hear the argument that cancer rates are rising becuase the American population is living longer. We at Organic Lifestyle Magazine contend that this is inaccurate. Studies that show people are living longer are flawed because they take into account the infant mortalities, and people dying in wars. The actual average age the elderly die at is not significantly older then it was 50 years ago. It seems to us that the rise in cancer costs, which appears to coincide with the rise in overall medical costs, is skyrocketing because more and more people are seeking medical treatment. And the amount of people seeking treatment for medical problems is climbing faster than the population increase.