The study was not meant to assess whether the spending on drugs and services is cost-effective, although the findings do merit that discussion. (Photo: Rido/

New research indicates that care for the 15 most prevalent types of cancer in the United States cost approximately $156.2 billion in 2018. Medication was the top expense, with drugs for breast, lung, lymphoma and colorectal cancers incurring the most costs.

A team of researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine examined a database that included statistics on cancer care for 402,115 privately insured cancer patients in the United States under the age of 65 in an effort to better understand how money is spent on cancer care.

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