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Title: Cancer costs and gender: a snapshot of issues, trends, and opportunities to reduce inequities using Australia as an example
Authors: Feletto E;Grogan P;Vassallo A;Canfell K
Categories: Cancer Type - All Cancers combined
Year: Aug-2019
Journal Title: Climacteric
Volume: 22
Issue: 6
Abstract: As the cancer burden increases, so too does the cost, to health systems, economies, and individuals. There is increasing interest in productivity and out-of-pocket costs for individuals and their carers, but these remain poorly understood. The costs of cancer in women, often carers themselves, are less understood. This summary analysis explored data on the cancer burden in Australia (and health costs in comparable countries), including expenditure reports and literature on macroeconomic outcomes and out-of-pocket costs, to highlight the cost impacts of a cancer diagnosis in women, at a societal and an individual level. Data on productivity costs were skewed toward men, as men are over-represented in paid work compared with women. Data on societal and individual costs of cancer in women were scant, yet the predominance of women in unpaid work suggests the cost is significant. Evidence for the benefits of cancer prevention and early detection suggests that improved targeting of interventions to women would reduce costs at a societal and an individual level. More research is needed on the specific impacts of cancer on women and those they care for, to better target public health and support services to need.
Division: Cancer Research Division
DOI: 10.1080/13697137.2019.1642319
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