October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help Americans learn more about this costly disease, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Breast Cancer Facts report, which includes an engaging infographic as well as a Q&A with a panel of leading healthcare experts.
Here are some examples of what you’ll find in WalletHub’s report:
- $19,000+ – Increase in annual health care costs for a woman (age 18 to 44) with breast cancer.
- $20.5 Bil. – Projected U.S. spending on breast cancer treatment in 2020.
- Every 2 Min. – The rate at which a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer.
- $100+ Mil. – Annual amount invested in breast cancer research by the American Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
- “Screening reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer because it allows detection of cancers when they are smaller (not yet felt as a lump) and more curable. … The best way to promote screening is to increase awareness as well as make screening logistically easy and cheap/free.” - Dr. Lajos Pusztai, MD // Director of Breast Cancer Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center
- “There is pretty good evidence that increasing physical activity and having a lower body mass index (BMI) are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. The clearest evidence for dietary risk factors shows that decreasing alcohol consumption is important for breast cancer risk reduction.” - Dr. Jonathan B. Strauss, MD, MBA // Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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