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The costs of cancer

Tom Barton

Cancer is the most widespread chronic disease in Australia. We look at 10 tips for supporting employees through cancer treatment and return to work.

Cancer is Australia’s leading cause of burden of disease (years of life lost to premature death and disability). Cancer accounts for 19 per cent of Australia’s total burden of disease; of which the direct health care costs of alone total $3.8 billion a year. Because of the impact of chronic diseases such as cancer on life, work and the economy in Australia, we now have a National Health Priority outlining five major chronic dis...

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