As cancer costs skyrocket, centers focus on prevention

06/15/2004 | MSNBC

With the costs of cancer soaring to $190 billion last year in the U.S., cancer centers are making greater efforts to focus on cancer prevention and public education. The U.S. population is living longer and persisting with the bad habits that can cause cancer; data show that roughly a third of the 550,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. last year were caused by tobacco use, and the obesity epidemic is only expected to worsen cancer rates.

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