For the month of September, SPMG will be focusing on Healthy Aging. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month and also World Alzheimer’s Month and it is important to remember how these diseases affect millions of Americans every year.
Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans today. Estimates show that by 2050 more than 13 million Americans will have this disease and a total of $1 trillion in expenditures will burden the individuals and their loved ones due to hefty medical and long-term care bills. Here are more facts from the Alzheimer’s Association:
- One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
- More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
- Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.
Prostate Cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. Studies have shown that the majority of men over 70 have some form of prostate cancer. Small prostate cancers seem to start developing during a man’s 30s, and the rate of appearance increases by about 10% per decade of life (50% in 50s, 60% in 60s, etc.). Here are more facts about Prostate Cancer from the Prostate Cancer Foundation:
- More than 2 million American men are currently living with prostate cancer, according to estimates.
- One new case of prostate cancer occurs every 2.4 minutes.
- A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma, and kidney cancers combined.
- A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.