Societal Cost of Skin Cancer in Sweden in 2005
Gustav Tinghög, Per Carlsson, Ingrid Synnerstad, Inger Rosdahl
Skin cancer is one of the most rapidly increasing cancers among the Swedish population and a significant cause of illness and death. This study aims to estimate the total societal cost of skin cancer in Sweden for 2005, using a prevalence-based cost-of-illness approach. The total cost of skin cancer was estimated at €142.4 million (€15/inhabitant), of which €79.6 million (€8/inhabitant) was spent on health services and €62.8 million (€7/inhabitant) was due to loss of production. The main cost driver was resource utilization in outpatient care, amounting to 42.2% of the total cost. Melanoma was the most costly skin cancer diagnosis. Non-melanoma skin cancer was, however, the main cost driver for health services alone. For the future it is important to establish effective preventive measures to avoid increasing costs and suffering caused by skin cancer.