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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    Reports highlight the lack – and cancer protective benefits – of breastfeeding

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    Only 40 percent of babies meet the global recommendations for breastfeeding, according to a report released today to mark the start of World Breastfeeding Week.

    As the analysis points out, there are many health benefits for breastfeeding – including cancer protection. AICR’s latest report found that breastfeeding lower the risk of breast cancer for mothers. Previous research suggests that babies who are breastfed are less likely to gain excess weight as they grow. Among adults, overweight and obesity increases the risk of 11 common cancers, including colorectal, ovarian and post-menopausal breast. Read more… “Reports highlight the lack – and cancer protective benefits – of breastfeeding”

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      Recommendation for Kids with Obesity, 26+ Hours of Lifestyle Intervention

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      At that regular doctors appointment, it’s important that kids get screened for obesity and if they are diagnosed, an intense healthy lifestyle intervention can help. The new recommendations from The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), published in JAMA, emphasize the importance of weight management throughout life.

      Approximately 17 percent of children and teenagers in the United States are obese, and almost a third are overweight. Kids with too much body fat stand a greater chance of growing into adults with overweight and obesity, and that means higher risk of many diseases, including cancers. Read more… “Recommendation for Kids with Obesity, 26+ Hours of Lifestyle Intervention”

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