What is it about?

Costs of cancer is increasing around the world. Public health system are threatened by rising costs related to the increase in cancer cases and rising treatment prices. With the relative control of tobacco consumption, excess body weight has become one of the main risk factors for cancer. This study examines the impact of overweight/obesity in the Brazilian population in relation to expenditures on cancer treatment in the public health system.

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Why is it important?

Near of 2% of all federal cancer-related costs could be associated with EBW, representing a substantial economic burden for the public health system. We highlight the need for integrated policies for excess body weight control and cancer prevention.


Economic impact assessments of the relative contribution of different risk factors for cancer help decision-makers in the formulation of public policies for cancer prevention. The production of this information in low- and middle-income countries is still limited compared to high-income countries. We hope that this information can be useful to health managers in Brazil and in other countries.

Ronaldo Silva
National Cancer Institute of Brazil

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This page is a summary of: Costs of cancer attributable to excess body weight in the Brazilian public health system in 2018, PLoS ONE, March 2021, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247983.
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