Prevent Cancer, Prevent $158 Billion in Healthcare Costs

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Based on the growth and aging of the U.S. population, medical expenditures for cancer treatment and care in the year 2020 are projected to reach at least $158 BILLION – an increase of 27% over 2010, according to a National Institutes of Health analysis.

This number could jump to $207 BILLION with the development of more expensive treatments options and diagnostic tools.

According to the World Health Organization, prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer.

Millions of Americans do not realize the everyday choices that impact their cancer risk. One in two Americans are now overweight or obese; but only half understand that this places them at increased risk for many cancers. 

Source: Projections of the Cost of Cancer Care in the US. Jan 19, 2011, JNCI.

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    AICR Opposes Alarming Cuts to Funding, Prevention Programs in Federal Budget

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    The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) strongly opposes the cuts to research and other programs that are working to help millions of Americans prevent and survive cancer. President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, released to the public this week, slashes numerous programs that will affect Americans both diagnosed with cancer and survivors with long-term side effects or still on treatment.

    Among the alarming cuts to funding are:

    – The National Institutes of Health would be slashed by almost 6 billion dollars. The NIH is the world’s leading biomedical research facility and supports scientists from institutions across the country. Studies conducted by these scientists are part of AICR’s global analysis of the research on cancer prevention. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the Read more… “AICR Opposes Alarming Cuts to Funding, Prevention Programs in Federal Budget”

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      AICR Opposes Proposed Cuts to Science, Cancer Prevention Research

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      Health and science research face massive cuts in last week’s proposed White House budget that — if enacted — would set back research on cancer prevention and ultimately cost lives, says the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

      The proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 slashes the National Institutes of Health funding by 5.8 billion dollars, approximately 19 percent. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health.

      While the proposed budget does not give details on what will be eliminated, AICR stands against any cuts that will slow and possibly irrevocably setback the progress in improving cancer prevention and survivorship.

      In 2017, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases. Over 600,920 people living in the United States will die from this disease. Research over the past few decades has led to a greater understanding of what drives cancer development and what protects us. Only through analyzing the global research has AICR’s network found many ways in which diet, weight management and physical activity lowers people’s cancer risk.

      Research now shows that hundreds of thousands of US cancer cases can be prevented every year. At a time when the field has come so far, there is an urgent need to continue this research. Only through more study can individuals – and the country – prevent much of the cost, loss and suffering that cancer brings.

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