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PALENCIA-SANCHEZ, Francisco; QUIROGA-VARGAS, Daniel Arturo  and  RIANO-CASALLAS, Martha Isabel. Costs of occupational cancer: a scoping review. Iatreia [online]. 2021, vol.34, n.2, pp.124-136.  Epub May 14, 2021. ISSN 0121-0793.


The burden of disease due to cancer is high and has an impact on people’s health and economic cost.


Identify the costs associated with occupational cancer. For this purpose, a scoping review was carried out.


First, a systematic search was performed according to the PECO question, we used the following indexed databases: Scopus, Web of Science, Embase, Science Direct, Academic Search Complete (EBSCO), BVS and PubMed. The eligibility criteria were that the study focus in any type of occupational cancer and mention the cost related. After the selection and screening process, 19 articles were included.


The studies identified the countries where research has been carried out, the type of study, the types of cancer, the methods of cost estimations and types of cost. In relation with the costs, we mainly found articles focused on direct costs, that is, what health care represents; but there are few studies that included analysis of indirect costs that are related to lost productivity.


It is concluded that an interdisciplinary approach to cost analysis is required to improve understanding of costs, particularly indirect costs.

Keywords : Cost of Illness; Costs and Cost Analysis; Occupational Cancer; Occupational Exposure; Occupational Health.

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